Rich Hill unlikely to make his next start due to a blister

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Athletics starter Rich Hill is doubtful to make his next scheduled start on Sunday, MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports. The lefty is still bothered by a blister on his pitching hand.

Hill was scheduled to start last Sunday as well, but Andrew Triggs pitched the first inning against the Blue Jays instead before Sean Manaea took over for five innings. Hill hasn’t officially faced a batter since July 7.

The Athletics have been receiving some trade interest in Hill, so the blister could dampen their trade deadline activity. The Marlins, Red Sox, Royals, Orioles, and Blue Jays have reportedly shown interest in Hill within the last two weeks. As the Red Sox recently acquired Drew Pomeranz from the Padres, the club may no longer want to reacquaint themselves with Hill.

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.