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BASEBALL PLAYOFFS : AROUND THE MAJORS

Cashman stays with Yankees

October 01, 2008|From the Associated Press

Brian Cashman figures he has more work to do with the New York Yankees. After a sustained run of success, he wasn't about to leave on the heels of a failed season.

Cashman is staying on as general manager of the Yankees, agreeing Tuesday to a three-year contract that runs through 2011.

"I've got a job to finish here," Cashman said in a statement. "That's the bottom line."

New York missed the playoffs this year for the first time since 1993. Cashman took over as GM in 1997, and his current deal was set to expire at the end of October.

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Pitchers Cliff Lee of the Cleveland Indians and Brad Lidge of the Philadelphia Phillies were honored as baseball's comeback players of the year.

Lee finished 22-3 with an American League-leading 2.54 earned-run average. The previous season, he was 5-8 with a 6.29 ERA and was demoted to the minor leagues. Lidge was 41 for 41 in save opportunities as the Phillies' closer. In 2007, he converted only 19 of 27 for the Houston Astros. . . . Longtime Indians bullpen coach Luis Isaac has been fired by Manager Eric Wedge. Wedge said "it was tough" to dismiss Isaac, who had been with the club for 44 years. Wedge said Isaac, 62, would not be reassigned in the organization. . . . The Toronto Blue Jays agreed to two-year contract extensions with pitching coach Brad Arnsberg, bench coach Brian Butterfield, third base coach Nick Leyva, first base coach Dwayne Murphy, hitting coach Gene Tenace and bullpen coach Bruce Walton.

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