Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Brian Cashman and the Yankees are finalizing a five-year, $25 million contract extension.
Cashman currently make $3 million a year and is entering the final year of a three-year deal. He has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He’s been with the Yankees organization since joining as a college intern in 1986 and has never worked for another organization.
Cashman took over the top spot in the Yankees front office in the midst of a dynasty he helped his predecessors, Gene Michael and Bob Watson, build. He has five World Series rings himself and, since becoming GM, the Yankees have won four World Series titles. They came within one game of the World Series this past season, despite the fact that the club has undergone a fairly substantial rebuild in recent seasons during which the legends of the past dynasty retired and the farm system has been replenished, to where it now stands as perhaps the top system in the game.
Hal Steinbrenner is clearly comfortable winning with Cashman and, with this extension, he’s showing how pleased has has been with Cashman’s rebuild. When it’s all said and done, Cashman is likely to be the first general manager to spend his entire career with one team in decades.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.