Max Scherzer replaces Stephen Strasburg in the All-Star Game

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We’re running out of snubs as the result of subs. The latest: Washington Nationals starter Max Scherzer has been added to the NL All-Star roster as a replacement for his teammate, Stephen Strasburg, who will not pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game due to him being scheduled to pitch tonight and thus won’t be on enough rest to pitch on Tuesday.

Scherzer is no stranger to the All-Star Game. It’s his fourth in a row. He was the American League’s starting pitcher at the 2013 All-Star Game. This has not been his greatest season — he’s set a pretty high bar for himself — but he’s still one of the better pitchers in the NL and he’s striking out guys to beat the band. In 18 starts this season he’s 9-6 with a 3.21 ERA and a Major League-best 155 strikeouts in 120.2 innings pitched against 32 walks. On May 11 he tied a Major League record with 20 strikeouts in his start against the Detroit Tigers.

He’s a big star. He deserves to be an All-Star.

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.