Curtis Granderson has time for it all

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It’s a slow news day so you can make some time to go read a nice human interest story, right? Of course you do.

The human of interest in this story is Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets. You’re probably aware that Granderson is extraordinarily active in the community. He’s a former Clemente Award winner, of course, and when anyone talks about Granderson they make mention that he’s a thoughtful and charitable guy. But until you read Michael Powell’s profile of him at the New York Times you probably don’t have a sense of the scale of it all. The man does not rest when it comes to giving of himself. And there are few if any 300 homer guys who talk less about their own accomplishments.

A lot of ballplayers get the “good player, better person” treatment, and it all plays well until . . . it doesn’t. But with Granderson it’s been playing like this for over a decade. I’m confident that there’s no one around the game who is spoken of as highly as he is. At a time when it’s easy for a lot of people to feel a bit shaken and at a loss, Granderson’s example is one that gives some hope.

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.