Atlanta has traded away an entire starting outfield this winter — Jason Heyward went to the Cardinals in November, Justin Upton was shipped off to the Padres in December, and Evan Gattis was dealt last week to the Astros. Nick Markakis has been brought in on a four-year, $44 million contract to serve as the Braves’ new right fielder and B.J. Upton is going to get another shot in center. But what of left field?
MLB.com beat writer Mark Bowman reports that the Braves are in pursuit of free agent Jonny Gomes as a potential left-field platoon mate with Zolio Almonte. Gomes batted just .234/.327/.330 in 127 games last season between the Red Sox and A’s, but the right-handed hitter remains a productive slugger against left-handed pitching. Almonte is a switch-hitter, but his splits are much better from the left side.
So, uh, get excited Braves fans. You’re going to be the funnest girl at the dance.
SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.
Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.
The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.
Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.
Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.
While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.
Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.