Braves ink reliever Alex Torres to minor league contract

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As first reported by MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, the Braves have signed left-handed reliever Alex Torres to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Torres should have a good shot at claiming an Opening Day roster spot with Atlanta after posting a 3.15 ERA across 39 appearances for the Mets in 2015. He does have an issue with control — see the 86 walks in 154 1/3 career innings — but the 28-year-old southpaw has fared pretty well in terms of overall run prevention against both lefties and righties. His current career ERA is a shiny 2.68, and he strikes out over a batter per inning.

Torres is probably best known for the prototype protective cap he’s been wearing since June 2014. It should look a little better in Atlanta’s dark navy than it did in the Mets’ bright blue.

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.