Corey Seager replaces George Springer on AL All-Star roster

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NEW YORK — Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager was picked to replace Toronto outfielder George Springer on the American League roster for next week’s All-Star Game.

Seager is an injury replacement for Springer, who has been nursing a sore elbow. However, Springer was in the Blue Jays’ starting lineup for Thursday night’s game against Kansas City.

Seager will also participate in the All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday at Dodger Stadium. He spent his first seven major league seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Seager has 21 homers this year, including a majors-best streak of five straight games with a longball that ended Wednesday.

Springer has been bothered by a sore right elbow since late June. He left a June 21 game against the White Sox and sat out the next three games, returning June 26 against Milwaukee.

“Our team comes first,” Springer said. “This is something I’ve been managing for a while. It’s four or five days of extremely valuable time to let this thing rest and get ready to go for the second half.”

Seager became a three-time All-Star following selections in 2016 and ’17 with the Dodgers. He entered Thursday with a .245 batting average, 21 homers and 48 RBIs in his first season with Texas.

He signed a $325 million, 10-year contract with the Rangers during the offseason that included a $100,000 bonus for being selected an All-Star.

Seager is the fourth addition to All-Star rosters after San Francisco left-hander Carlos Rodon, Boston designated hitter J.D. Martinez and Miami first baseman/designated hitter Garrett Cooper.

Those three replaced Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper and Houston’s Yordan Alvarez, who are hurt, and Milwaukee closer Josh Hader, who is skipping the July 19 game at Dodger Stadium because of family responsibilities.

Seager completes the eight-person Home Run Derby field. He’ll compete against Cardinals great Albert Pujols, Atlanta outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr., Phillies slugger Kyle Schwarber, Nationals star Juan Soto, Seattle rookie Julio Rodriguez, Guardians switch-hitter Jose Ramirez and Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, the two-time defending champion.

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.