Report: Max Muncy to participate in 2018 Home Run Derby

Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images
12 Comments

Pedro Moura of The Athletic reports that Dodgers infielder Max Muncy said on the club’s radio station that he will participate in the Home Run Derby. The Derby will be held at Nationals Park one week from now as part of the All-Star Game festivities.

Muncy, 27, has had a breakout season for the Dodgers. He’s hitting .270/.407/.610 with 20 home runs and 38 RBI in 248 plate appearances. He was called up in mid-April to help cover third base after Logan Forsythe went down with an injury. After Justin Turner returned from the disabled list in mid-May, Muncy started drawing starts at first base, sharing the position with Cody Bellinger.

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is currently the only other confirmed participant in the 2018 Home Run Derby. So far, we’ve had more stars publicly decline participating — Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez — than opt in.

Judge won last year’s derby, edging the Twins’ Miguel Sanó in the final round, 11-10. The other participants last year were Stanton, Bellinger, Gary Sánchez, Mike Moustakas, Charlie Blackmon, and Justin Bour.

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports
0 Comments

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.