Andrew Cashner cites “the Cardinal way” as Marlins, Cardinals exchange beanballs

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You may recall on July 21, starter Andrew Cashner — then still with the Padres — hit Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday in the face with a fastball. The Marlins acquired Cashner from the Padres on Friday and, coincidentally, continued a four-game series against the Cardinals that night.

Cashner started on Sunday afternoon. With one out in the top of the first inning, the right-hander drilled shortstop Aledmys Diaz in the hand with a 95 MPH fastball. Diaz ran the bases, but did not take his position in the bottom half of the inning. He has been diagnosed with a bruised right thumb and will be reevaluated on Monday, per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Cardinals expect that Diaz will be out of the lineup for at least a few days.

With a runner on first base and two outs in the bottom of the first inning, Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez hit with a first-pitch 95 MPH fastball. Martinez maintained after the game that he was just trying to pitch inside, and was not trying to hit Stanton on purpose. Stanton came around to score shortly thereafter on an RBI single by Marcell Ozuna. The Marlins would go on to win 5-4 on a walk-off RBI triple by Derek Dietrich in the bottom of the ninth.

After the game, Cashner told reporters that he thinks Martinez did hit Stanton on purpose. Per MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch, Cashner said, “That’s kind of the Cardinal way over there.”

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.