Phillies prospect Mark Appel underwent season-ending elbow surgery

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Phillies pitching prospect Mark Appel underwent surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. He’ll miss the rest of the season, but is expected to be ready for spring training next year.

The Phillies acquired Appel, along with Vincent Velasquez, Brett Oberholtzer, Harold Arauz, and Thomas Eshelman this past offseason in the Ken Giles trade. The Astros selected him first overall in the 2013 draft.

This season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Appel put up a 4.46 ERA with a 34/20 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings. He hadn’t started since May 22 as he was on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder. MLB Pipeline rated him the Phillies’ fourth-best prospect.

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.