Thursday September 4th, 2014

The New York Yankees plan to sign general manager Brian Cashman to a new contract, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Cashman has been with the Yankees since he started as an intern with the club in 1986. His three-year contract expires at the end of this year. Cashman was named Senior Vice President and GM of the Yankees in February 1998.

"We've never done a deal until it's close to being up. There's nothing more to say," Cashman told Heyman in a phone interview last week. "All our focus is to try to win as many games as is necessary to qualify for the postseason."

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The Yankees, who failed to make the playoffs last season, have not missed postseason play for two straight years since 1992 and 1993.

From Heyman:

Yankees higher-ups are impressed with Cashman's in-season pickups, including starter Brandon McCarthy, infielder/outfielder Martin Prado and third baseman Chase Headley.

Yankees higher-ups, according to one league executive, believe a likely second straight quiet October "isn't [Cashman's] fault."

Entering Thursday, the Yankees are 71-66 and 9.5 games behind the American League East-leading Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees are also four games behind the Detroit Tigers for the second American League wild card spot.

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