Juan Nicasio to undergo season-ending knee surgery

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Mariners reliever Juan Nicasio won’t return to the mound in 2018, per club manager Scott Servais. The right-hander has been dealing with bone chips and inflammation in his right knee and is expected to undergo surgery in the near future, making his chance of returning to the team all but impossible in 2018.

Nicasio, 31, missed nearly five weeks on the 10-day disabled list after dealing with a recurring case of knee inflammation. He posted a career-worst 6.00 ERA through 42 innings, though both Servais and MLB.com’s Jake Rill pointed out that some of his disappointing numbers have been exacerbated by an extreme bout of unluckiness as well. He also maintained a 1.1 BB/9 and 11.4 SO/9 over the course of the season, both career-best marks in their respective categories.

It also bodes well for Nicasio that this isn’t an invasive surgery. Assuming all goes well during the procedure, he should have plenty of time to make a full recovery by spring training in 2019. The righty is still owed the remainder of his $7.5 million salary in 2018 and stands to make another $9 million in 2019 before entering free agency.

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.