Yankees sign GM Brian Cashman to three-year extension

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Brian Cashman isn’t going anywhere.

The impending free agent general manager has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Yankees, who’ve missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1992/1993.

Cashman has been the GM since 1998, when he replaced Bob Watson and the Yankees made him an immediate winner with three consecutive World Series titles in 1998, 1999, and 2000 before losing the Diamondbacks in 2001.

During his run as GM the Yankees have advanced to the playoffs 14 times in 17 seasons, winning four World Series and six American League pennants.

His previous contract was also three years, signed in November of 2011. But this time around the challenge ahead of him is far different, as the “Core Four” is gone and the Yankees’ aging roster is in desperate need of a rebuild while the farm system is hardly overflowing with high-upside young talent.

At the end of this contract extension the now 47-year-old Cashman will have been the Yankees’ general manager for 20 seasons.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.