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The New York Yankees announced on Monday that they have signed general manager Brian Cashman on a four-year extension through 2026.
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The New York Yankees announced today that it has signed a four-year contract with Brian Cashman through the 2026 season to continue serving as the club’s Senior Vice President and General Manager. pic.twitter.com/IPLP31HwVc
The 2023 MLB season will mark Cashman’s 26th year as GM of the Yankees and 38 years overall with the organization.
Cashman’s future with the Yanks has been questioned as he enters the 2022 season, just after New York was eliminated by rival Boston Red Sox in the 2021 American League Wild Card Game.
While 2021 represented the Yankees’ fifth consecutive playoff berth and Cashman’s 20th playoff appearance in his first 24 seasons as GM, post-season failures were mounting as the Bronx Bombers had failed to reach or win a World Series since 2009.
With a lot of pressure on the Yankees to compete in 2022, they got off to a fiery start and stepped up to challenge the all-time MLB single-season win record in the first half. However, injuries began to pile up and the Yankees skidded after the All-Star timeout, leaving them struggling to maintain their American League East lead.
In the end, the Yankees won 99-63 and won the AL East. They defeated the Cleveland Guardians 3-2 in the American League Division Series, but were later swept by the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series.
Bob Watson, who helped build the Yankees’ World Series winning team in 1996, resigned after the 1997 season that led to Cashman’s promotion to GM.
The Yankees won the World Series in each of Cashman’s first three seasons at the helm and reached the World Series in 2001 and 2003 but lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Florida Marlins, respectively.
The Yankees returned to the World Series in 2009, defeating the Philadelphia Phillies, giving Cashman his fourth ring as GM and the Yankees the 27th world title in franchise history.
Despite his achievements, the 55-year-old Cashman’s return in 2023 wasn’t a slam dunk. However, Yankees decision makers clearly felt that he had done enough to keep his job.
The focus is now shifting towards re-signing AL MVP Aaron Judge and making other moves to improve the free agent roster.