Wilson Ramos likely to be sidelined through trade deadline with hamstring injury

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays placed catcher Wilson Ramos on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Ramos is likely to remain on the disabled list through the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Ramos, 30, was drawing a lot of trade interest after putting together a terrific first half of the season. He hit .297/.346/.488 with 14 home runs and 53 RBI in 315 plate appearances, earning a nomination to the American League All-Star team. Due to his injury, Ramos was replaced by the Indians’ Yan Gomes.

The Rays went into the All-Star break with a 49-47 record. While above .500, they are 18 games out of first place in the AL East and 8.5 games behind in the Wild Card race with three teams ahead of them, including the second-place, 62-win Yankees. Baseball Prospectus gives the Rays a 7.6 chance to make the playoffs. Understandably, the club may be more motivated to sell than to go full bore towards competing for a playoff appearance.

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.