Dillon Gee signs a minor league deal with the Royals

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UPDATE: Per Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, Gee’s deal with the Royals could max out around $5.3 million if he reaches certain incentives. Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that he could opt out of his contract by March 2. That’s an earlier opt-out date than we normally see, which could give him enough time to find another opportunity elsewhere if the Royals don’t see him as a fit.

6:47 p.m. ET: After being cast aside by the Mets due to the influx of young arms in their rotation, free agent right-hander Dillon Gee has signed a minor league contract with the Royals, reports CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

Gee was a rotation staple with the Mets from 2011-2014 while posting a 4.01 ERA (90 ERA+) with 6.6 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9, but he struggled to the tune of a 5.90 ERA through seven starts and one relief appearance this past season prior to being designated for assignment in June. No team wanted to take on the remainder of his contract, so he passed through waivers unclaimed and finished the season at the Triple-A level before opting for free agency in October.

There could be opportunity with the defending World Series champions, but that Gee had to settle for a minor league deal shows how far his stock has fallen over the past year.

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.