Ender Inciarte benched for lack of hustle

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Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte made a couple of mistakes during Sunday afternoon’s 10-3 loss to the Brewers. He was thrown out attempting to advance on a fly ball hit by Ozzie Albies in the top of the third inning, and he didn’t hustle out of the batter’s box when Brewers shortstop Tyler Saladino bobbled a grounder. Manager Brian Snitker pulled Inciarte from the game, replacing him in center field with Danny Santana.

After the game, Snitker confirmed that Inciarte was benched for a lack of hustle, saying the outfielder, “Cost us a run,” David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Inciarte said of Snitker pulling him from the game, “He did what he had to do and I’m OK with it.”

After Sunday’s loss, the Braves remain tied with the Phillies for first place in the NL East. The club has lost five of its last six games. Inciarte has struggled at the plate, batting .247/.318/.344 with 33 RBI, 51 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases in 391 plate appearances.

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.