The Yankees are going to give Brian Cashman a contract extension

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Buster Olney reports that the Yankees “have begun the process of constructing a new contract for longtime general manager Brian Cashman.” His expires after the season, and the Bombers want him back, it seems.

Not sure how I feel about that, actually. Cashman has long been a good GM, but is he the right GM for where the Yankees are and what they need? If your team is old and, it would seem, at the end of competitive arc, however long it has been, and now needs to build up talent in the system, do you stick with the guy whose system hasn’t developed a solid young position player since Robinson Cano?

I’m not saying Cashman should be fired or let go completely. The guy knows the organization well and can navigate all that a Yankees executive needs to navigate better than probably anyone. But I wonder if at this stage he shouldn’t be more of a team president or GM emeritus type as opposed to the guy tasked with what appears to be a necessary rebuild in the Bronx.

Video: Javier Báez jukes David Freese to avoid tag at first base

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Cubs shortstop Javier Báez pulled off one of the best jukes you’ll see, avoiding the tag from David Freese on a play at first base in the second inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers. Báez barely made contact with a Kenta Maeda pitch well outside the strike zone, tapping it towards Freese. Báez halted his momentum, juking Freese while he attempted to apply the tag, then dove into first base.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts attempted to argue that Báez went out of the baseline, but the umpires’ no-call stood and Báez had himself a single. He would end up stranded on base, unfortunately for him and the Cubs.