Cardinals put Goldschmidt, Arenado on restricted list

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TORONTO — The St. Louis Cardinals put first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, third baseman Nolan Arenado and catcher Austin Romine on the restricted list before a game at the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Cardinals recalled outfielder Conner Capel and catcher Ivan Herrera, and selected infielder Cory Spangenberg from Triple-A Memphis as substitute players for their two-game series north of the border.

Foreign nationals who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19 are not allowed to enter Canada, save for limited exceptions that require a 14-day quarantine. Unvaccinated baseball players are placed on the restricted list, where they are not paid and do not accrue major league service time.

Arenado will lose $384,416, Goldschmidt $241,758 and Romine $10,989.

A seven-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove award winner, Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals in most offensive categories, including batting average (.333), home runs (22), RBIs (74), on-base percentage (.416) and hits (116).

Goldschmidt, who homered during last week’s All-Star Game in Los Angeles, connected twice during Sunday’s 6-3 loss at Cincinnati, extending his homer streak to four games. St. Louis was off Monday.

Arenado is a seven-time All-Star and a nine-time Gold Glove winner who has led the NL in home runs three times. Arenado has 102 hits, 18 home runs and 59 RBIs this season.

Romine joined the Cardinals earlier this season as backup for the injured Yadier Molina (right knee), who is expected to rejoin the team next month.

Right-hander Johan Oviedo, who is from Cuba, was able to join the Cardinals in Toronto despite having an expired passport. Oviedo flew to Miami on Monday’s off day to collect travel documents from the Canadian consulate there. He then flew to Detroit and drove the 230 miles to Toronto, arriving late Monday.

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.