Francisco Rodriguez ties John Franco for fourth on the all-time saves list

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Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez wrapped up Sunday’s 6-5 win over the Royals with a scoreless ninth inning. It’s save number 38 on the year for the veteran, but more importantly, it’s save number 424 of his 15-year career, tying him with John Franco for fourth on baseball’s all-time saves list.

The only closers ahead of Rodriguez now are Mariano Rivera (652), Trevor Hoffman (601), and Lee Smith (478).

This season, the 34-year-old is 38-for-42 in save chances with a 2.68 ERA and a 44/17 K/BB ratio in 50 1/3 innings. The Tigers will almost certainly pick up his $6 million club option for the 2017 season.

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.