Pirates acquire Adeiny Hechavarria from Rays

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The Pirates announced on Monday that the club acquired shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and cash considerations from the Rays in exchange for minor league pitcher Matt Seelinger. The cash considerations will likely cover some portion of the remainder of Hechavarria’s $5.9 million salary.

Hechavarria, 29, has not hit much as usual, batting .258/.289/.332 with three home runs and 26 RBI in 237 plate appearances. However, he is still slick with the glove at shortstop. He could be utilized late in games as a defensive replacement for the Pirates. Hechavarria, who is eligible for free agency after the season, is not likely to unseat Jordy Mercer from the starting role at shortstop.

Seelinger, 23, was selected by the Pirates in the 28th round of the 2017 draft. This season, with Single-A West Virginia, the right-hander posted a 3.03 ERA with 52 strikeouts and 11 walks in 32 2/3 innings of relief.

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.