Diamondbacks expect to activate A.J. Pollock by the end of the week

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Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said the club expects to activate outfielder A.J. Pollock by the end of the week, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

Pollock, 28, has been out all season with a fractured elbow suffered in an exhibition game against the Royals just before the start of the regular season. He also dealt with an oblique injury during his rehab this month. The 51-73 Diamondbacks don’t have any hope of reaching the postseason, but Pollock can still get back into the swing of things in preparation for the 2017 season.

Last season, Pollock was an All-Star, batting .315/.367/.498 with 20 home runs, 76 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 39 stolen bases in 673 plate appearances.

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.