Johnny Cueto to miss six weeks with an elbow strain

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Giants starter Johnny Cueto was already on the disabled list with a sore elbow. Then he went to see Dr. James Andrews. Those trips aren’t always happy ones, but this one turned out better than usual for such a visit: he has a right elbow sprain, but the good doctor recommended against surgery. Cueto is expected to miss about six weeks.

Cueto has made five starts this season, going 3-0 while limiting the opposition to three runs on 16 hits and six walks with 26 strikeouts in 32 innings. That’s pretty fantastic, so this is definitely a blow to San Francisco. Still, it could’ve been worse given his symptoms, to the Giants will breath deep and accept it. As they accepted Jeff Samardzija starting the season on the disabled list. And Madison Bumgarner being on the DL all season long so far, and not expected to be back until June.

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.