Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln steps down


Call it a resignation, call it a retirement, but either way it’s a big deal for the Mariners: longtime CEO Howard Lincoln is stepping down. The news was first reported by Mike Salk of 710 ESPN radio in Seattle and then Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times.

Lincoln has run the Mariners since CEO, calling more or less all the shots given that the Mariners’ majority owner, Nintendo of America, is more or less of the absentee variety. Baker reports that team minority owner John Stanton will assume Lincoln’s role. He adds that many believe Stanton has designs on one day putting a group together to buy out Nintendo’s interests and assume control.

The club will hold a press conference at 6PM Eastern, 3PM Pacific time. Where they go in the post-Lincoln era remains to be seen.


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.