Carlos Gonzalez is on fire; next up on Rockies’ trade block?

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Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez missed 92 games with injuries last season and struggled when he was healthy enough to play, so when the 29-year-old two-time All-Star got off to a bad start this year it was cause for major concern in Colorado.

Gonzalez hit just .188 with two homers and a .542 OPS through 29 games despite claiming to be fully healthy. Something seemed to click for him in mid-May and since then he’s hit .319 with 18 homers and a .990 OPS in 61 games.

That includes two homers last night, two homers Sunday, two homers Friday, and one homer Thursday for a five-game stretch in which Gonzalez went 12-for-21 (.571) with seven homers, 15 RBIs, and a 2.180 OPS.

And in the wake of trading Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays, might the Rockies look to deal Gonzalez now that he’s performing like a middle-of-the-order star again? He’s owed $17 million in 2016 and $20 million in 2017.

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.