Jesse Winker, Mariners avoid arbitration with 2-year, $14.5M deal

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SEATTLE – All-Star outfielder Jesse Winker and the Seattle Mariners avoided a salary arbitration hearing when they agreed to a two-year, $14.5 million contract.

Winker gets $6.25 million this year and $8.25 million in 2023.

In the second season, he can earn $400,000 in performance bonuses for plate appearances: $100,000 each for 500 and 550, and $200,000 for 600.

He also can earn award bonuses of $150,000 for MVP, $100,000 for World Series MVP, and $50,000 each for All-Star election, League Championship Series MVP, Silver Slugger and Gold Glove. He would get $25,000 for an All-Star selection.

The 28-year-old had been scheduled for a hearing next Wednesday.

“I don’t want to say I was really thinking about it a lot. But I think no matter what you kind of are, somewhere in your mind,” Winker said. “But it’s nice to not have to think about any more. I really enjoy it here and this is this is where I want to be. So I’m excited about that.”

When proposed figures were exchanged in March, Winker asked for a raise from $3.15 million to $7 million and Seattle offered $5.4 million.

Winker was a first-time All-Star last year for Cincinnati, setting career bests with a .305 average, 24 homers and 71 RBIs. He was traded in March with third baseman Eugenio Suarez for pitcher Justin Dunn, outfielder Jake Fraley, top pitching prospect Brandon Williamson and right-hander Connor Phillips.

Winker has struggled at the plate for Seattle, hitting .214 with four homers and 24 RBIs and only occasional hard contact this season. He does lead the AL with 38 walks.

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.