Tampa Bay Rays designate Brad Miller, call up prospect Jake Bauers

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The Tampa Bay Rays have designated infielder Brad Miller for assignment.

Miller, who has primarily played first base this year, was hitting .256/.322/.429 with five homers in 48 games. That was actually a fairly significant improvement over what he did in 2017, when he put up a line of .201/.327/.337 in over 100 games of work, thanks primarily to injuries. Miller hit 30 homers in 2016, but he’s shown no suggestion that he’s able to replicate that feat.

The Rays will look for somewhere to trade Miller, though it may be tough finding anyone who will assume the remainder of the $4.5 million he’s owed for 2018.

Miller’s production was less the issue than roster space, however, as the Rays made the move in order to make room for prospect Jake Bauers, who is being called up to the bigs.

Bauers, originally in the Padres system, but traded to the Rays in the Wil Myers deal, has progressed nicely through the minors. He’s 22 and, in the past two seasons, he’s hit .268/.365/.416 at Triple-A Duham, and is among the Rays top prospects. A first baseman, he’s obviously going to take Miller’s at bats going forward.

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.