With the 2014 MLB season in the books for only 24 hours, the New York Yankees are working as had been suspected on a deal to re-sign longtime general manager Brian Cashman, according to sources cited by ESPN’s Buster Olney.
Cashman, whose contract expires Oct. 31, would begin his 18th season with the Yankees next year if re-signed.
Cashman is not only planning his personal return to the Yankees in 2015, he’s also helping coordinate estranged All-Star third baseman Alex Rodriguez’s comeback as well. Cashman Tuesday told ESPN’s Andrew Marchand, "I spoke to Alex about 10 days ago, trying to get his thought process on the best way to come back.”
Cashman had declined to comment on the 39-year-old All-Star third baseman throughout the 2014 season as Rodriguez publicly battled a year-long suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
When asked about any bad blood between Rodriguez and the Yankees in the wake of his suspension as well as he and Cashman's public feud, Cashman told Marchand that “bygones would be bygones.” Cashman told Marchand:
"I just approached it as, like any player, I've got questions I need answered here on what's best going next and I needed the player to be involved in the process," Cashman said. "So we had a good conversation on that end. I would term it 'good.' I didn't rehash anything from the past. It is not productive to do so. He's been suspended. He served his time. It gets completed by tomorrow. Then he will be reintroduced obviously with you guys [the media] and our personnel."
Cashman said despite the past differences, he believes that Rodriguez will take a lot of pride in his comeback attempt.
"One thing about Alex, he has always been a hard worker," Cashman said. "It is nothing you ever have to worry about with Alex."
Despite the Yankees undergoing a two year post-season drought, Cashman’s job security remains intact due to a good working relationship with owner Hal Steinbrenner, Olney said.
The drought is the Yankees’ longest in over two decades.
- Will Green