The Astros’ George Springer has become a really fun player to watch. He’s good at the plate, as he has an .826 OPS with nine home runs to date, and he’s a good runner. Along with that, he plays solid defense in right field, as shown on Thursday night when he robbed White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu of a home run.
In the bottom of the first inning, Abreu hit a 1-1, 92 MPH Collin McHugh fastball for what looked to be an opposite-field solo home run. Springer took a loopy route, but found his way enough to time his leap and snag the ball to rob Abreu of a home run.
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If not for that meddling Springer, Abreu would have had his seventh home run.
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.