Justin Morneau would like to come back for the 2017 season

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Veteran Justin Morneau would like to continue playing baseball next season, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. But Morneau noted that, as he has dealt with neck issues as of late, “the choice might not be up to me.”

Morneau said, “At this point, I would lean toward I still enjoy the work and still would like to (play), but it also has to make sense at this point with my family and spending time away and all that stuff.”

Morneau, 35, is a free agent after the season. He hit .256/.295/.430 with five home run and 22 RBI in 183 plate appearances for the White Sox this year, making his season debut on July 15. The club has used him exclusively at DH and nearly exclusively against right-handed pitching.

Given Morneau’s age, injury history, and declining production, his best fit for next season will almost certainly be with an AL team looking to utilize a platoon at DH.

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.