Padres promote Pat Murphy to interim manager, replacing Bud Black

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Now we know why the Padres refused to grant the Brewers permission to have their Triple-A manager Pat Murphy join Craig Counsell’s overhauled MLB coaching staff last month: San Diego wanted to keep Murphy around to replace Bud Black.

Murphy has been named the Padres’ interim manager, stepping into the job after Black was fired in the middle of his ninth season. Black hasn’t had a winning record since 2010 and had an overall winning percentage of .477 in San Diego, but the front office overhauling the roster to create big and ultimately unrealistic expectations likely led to his taking the fall.

Murphy was Arizona State’s coach from 1995-2009, when he resigned amid NCAA investigations and took a job with the Padres. And now he is San Diego’s manager, at least through the end of this season.

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.