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The New York Yankees announced Monday that they have signed general manager Brian Cashman to a four-year extension through 2026.
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The New York Yankees announced today that the club has re-signed Brian Cashman to a four-year contract through the 2026 season to continue serving as Senior Vice President and General Manager. pic.twitter.com/IPLP31HwVc
The 2023 MLB season marks Cashman’s 26th year as the Yankees’ GM and his 38th year with the organization overall.
Cashman’s future with the Yanks was thrown into question at the start of the 2022 season after New York was eliminated by the rival Boston Red Sox in the 2021 American League Wild Card Game.
While 2021 represented the Yankees’ fifth consecutive playoff berth and 20th playoff appearance in Cashman’s first 24 seasons as GM, postseason failures piled up, with the Bronx Bombers failing to reach a World Series since 2009 or win.
With a lot of pressure on the Yankees to compete in 2022, they got off to a red-hot start and were on track to challenge the record for MLB single-season wins in the first half. However, injuries began to pile up and the Yankees slipped after the All-Star break, forcing them to fight to hold onto the American League East lead.
In the end, the Yankees went 99-63 and won the AL East. They beat the Cleveland Guardians 3-2 in the American League Division Series, but were then swept by the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series.
Bob Watson, who helped build the Yankees’ 1996 World Series-winning team, resigned after the 1997 season, leading to Cashman’s elevation to GM.
The Yankees won the World Series in each of Cashman’s first three seasons in charge, reaching the World Series in 2001 and 2003, but losing 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 giving the Yankees their 27th world title in franchise history.
Despite his achievements, it was far from a blow that the 55-year-old Cashman would be back in 2023. However, the Yankees’ decision makers clearly felt he was doing enough to keep his job.
Now the focus is shifting to re-signing AL MVP Aaron Judge, as well as making other moves to improve the roster in free agency.