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Yankees’ first big deal is to re-sign general manager Brian Cashman for 4 years – The Denver Post

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In the least surprising signing in the Bronx this winter, the Yankees announced Monday that they have re-signed general manager Brian Cashman to a four-year contract. Cashman, who has been in charge of the Bombers since 1998, had been working without a contract since the Yankees’ season ended in October.

Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner had made it clear he was not looking for a change in management after the season ended with the Yankees swept by the Astros in the American League Championship Series.

“It’s just a matter of salary. I told him that I wanted him back. We talked about it. We are in the same neighborhood. It’s just semantics,” Steinbrenner said at last month’s owners’ meetings in New York.

The new deal means Cashman’s reign as MLB’s longest-serving general manager will continue. The news will be met with both approval and disappointment among the pinstripe faithful. The Yankees are proud of their long history and tradition, which some fans say makes them slow to change and adapt. Cashman, who is the longest-serving general manager in Yankees history, is the face of the status quo.

Cashman, who has worked for the Yankees since 1986 when he was a 19-year-old probationer, led the Yankees to 21 playoffs in his 25 years as general manager and 14 American League titles in ballast. The Bombers won six AL championships under his leadership and four World Series titles.

Since 1998, the Yankees’ 21 playoff berths are the most in the Majors — five more than the Braves and Cardinals, who are tied for second in that stretch with just 16. The 21 playoff appearances are also eight more than any other AL team, leading the Red Sox, who have 13.

Cashman’s lifetime winning percentage of .589 is the highest of any general manager with at least 10 seasons of experience including a career in the modern era (1950 or later). Excluding the abbreviated 60-game 2020 season, the Yankees averaged 95.4 wins per year during Cashman’s tenure, while no other Major League team averaged 90 or more wins. Additionally, only one other AL team (Boston 89.5) has averaged at least 85 wins per 162-game season during that span.

The Yankees had a winning record in each of Cashman’s 25 seasons as general manager. No other Major League franchise has had 25 consecutive winning seasons at any time in their respective history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. According to Elias, the Yankees were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs in just 16 of 3,946 games during Cashman’s tenure as general manager.

Still, criticism of Cashman has been stronger in the past two years than it has been in the past decade. The Yankees’ last World Series appearance was in 2009 and they’ve lost to the Astros in their last three ALCS appearances. Since 2009, the Yankees have won only four division titles. There was criticism this spring when Cashman not only failed to sign Aaron Judge for an extension, but walked out and detailed the $230 million contract the franchise face turned down.

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