Oblique injury sends Kelly Johnson to Braves’ disabled list

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Kelly Johnson has surprisingly been one of the Braves’ best hitters after rejoining the team on a minor-league deal, but now he’s headed to the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle.

Johnson hasn’t topped a .725 OPS since 2010, but hit .259 with six homers and an .829 OPS in 28 games for the Braves while seeing time at third base and the outfield corners.

He leads the team in homers and has been batting cleanup, although our own Craig Calcaterra would say that has more to do with the sad state of the Braves’ current roster than anything else.

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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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.