Nationals place Stephen Strasburg on disabled list

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The Washington Nationals have placed Stephen Strasburg on the disabled list retroactive to July 22. Notably, he just came off the dang DL for his start on Friday, in which he gave up six runs in four and two-thirds innings. He also got into a shouting match with teammate Max Scherzer after that start too, so things are going swimmingly in D.C. this season.

The first DL stint was due to right shoulder inflammation. The Nats did not give a reason for this move. As the Washington Post notes, they did not do the usual press release. Instead, the move was discovered by a look at the MLB transactions list this morning. The Post is hearing, however, that it’s related to Strasburg’s shoulder once again.

Strasburg is 6-7 with a 3.90 ERA in 14 starts this year. The Nats are a game under .500, seven games back in the division and five and a half games back for the second Wild Card with seven teams ahead of them.

Did I mention that things are going swimmingly in D.C. this season?

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.