Video: Javier Baez turns a heads-up double play

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The Cubs lost Game 2 of the NLCS 1-0 to the Dodgers, but the score might have been worse if second baseman Javier Baez didn’t have such good game awareness.

The Dodgers had their 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth inning with runners on first and second and one out against Cubs reliever Carl Edwards, Jr., who had just relieved starter Kyle Hendricks. Joc Pederson hit a weak liner to Baez, who could have easily caught the ball in the air. But he didn’t. Baez let the ball hit the ground right in front of him. He scooped up the ball and threw to shortstop Addison Russell for the force out at second base. He then instructed Russell to pay attention to Adrian Gonzalez, who was between second and third base. Russell fired the ball to third baseman Kris Bryant, Bryant threw back to Russell, and Russell ran him down to apply the tag, completing the double play and ending the inning.

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Baez also likely hit what was likely the Cubs’ hardest-hit ball of the night. He laced a Clayton Kershaw fastball out to deep center field in the bottom of the seventh, but it was caught on the warning track by Pederson.

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.