Cardinals sign Jeremy Hefner to a minor league contract

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Per Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Cardinals have signed right-hander Jeremy Hefner to a minor league contract.

This isn’t a transaction that is going to grab many headlines. In fact, you might have forgotten about him or never knew about him in the first place. I wouldn’t really blame you if that was the case. The 29-year-old posted a 4.65 ERA over 36 starts and 14 relief appearances with the Mets from 2012-2013, but he has undergone two Tommy John surgeries since. His latest procedure was last October, so he missed the entire 2015 season while in rehab mode. The good news is that he’s back pitching again in the Dominican Winter League.

Hefner might have found himself on the fringes of the majors even if he remained healthy during this time, but it would be quite an accomplishment if he manages to find his way on the Cardinals’ roster at some point in 2016. He’s an easy guy to root for after all he’s been through over the past couple of years.

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.