The Braves will not sign first-round draft pick Carter Stewart

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The Braves failed to reach an agreement with right-hander Carter Stewart prior to the 5 PM EST signing deadline on Friday, per Fancred’s Jon Heyman. The 18-year-old pitcher was selected in the first round of June’s amateur draft and was reportedly seeking $4.5 million of the $4.98 million slot value he generated. The club was said to have offered something in the $2 million range.

Signing bonus disputes aside, however, the primary reason Stewart was not picked up by the Braves had more to do with the results of his physical. According to Mark Bowman of, the young pitcher had a “wrist ailment” that gave the team considerable pause when it came time to put pen to paper. It’s not clear how severe the injury is, or how it might continue to affect Stewart’s path to the majors in the years to come, but it clearly jeopardized the elite curveball and power pitcher status that made him stand out so clearly during the first round this summer.

The right-hander was one of four draft picks that went unsigned by the deadline. The other three — high schoolers Matt McLain (Diamondbacks), J.T. Ginn (Dodgers), and Gunnar Hoglund (Pirates) — have elected to attend their respective universities in 2019. As compensation for offering at least 40 percent of each player’s slot value, the Braves are slated to receive the ninth pick in the 2019 draft, while the Diamondbacks will receive no. 26, the Dodgers no. 31, and the Pirates no. 37.

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.