The Rangers have shut pitcher Doug Fister down for the year, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports. Fister’s rehab timeline for his knee injury made it very unlikely he would pitch in the majors this season, so the club has simply sent him home to continue his rehab.
Fister, 34, signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Rangers in November. The contract includes a $4.5 million club option for 2019 with a $500,000 buyout. Over 66 innings this season, Fister compiled a 4.50 ERA with a 40/19 K/BB ratio across 12 starts.
The Rangers may value Fister’s ability to provide rotation depth, so the club may pick up the relatively cheap club option for next year.
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.