Report: Yankees looking at Minaya

The Yankees are considering bringing former Mets GM Omar Minaya to the Bronx to join the Yanks front office. (Boland, Oct. 13).

Newsday’s Eric Boland reported Yankees GM Brian Cashman is close with Minaya, now San Diego’s senior vice president of baseball operations. Boland reported it was not clear what role Minaya would have with the Yankees.

The Yankees are looking for someone to manage their farm system. Mark Newman, who had that role the past 15 years and also held the title of senior vice president of baseball operations, retired. Gordon Blakeley, a longtime member of the Yankees scouting operation, has joined the Braves as a special adviser.

Minaya, the Mets GM from 2005 to 2010, has held his current job since December 2011. San Diego fired Josh Byrnes as GM on June 23, and Minaya temporarily shared the GM role with two others before A.J. Preller was named to succeed Byrnes on Aug. 7.

Cashman has a history of hiring former GMs, including Kevin Towers (Padres) and Jim Hendry (Cubs).

Boland also reported former Royals manager Trey Hillman, who Cashman hired as a special assistant, was considered for Newman’s role, but Hillman wants to return to the field in uniform. Boland reported Hillman could join Joe Girardi’s staff or that of new Houston manager A.J. Hinch.

Cashman unsure about offer to Robertson

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said a decision has “yet to be made” on whether the team will make a qualifying offer to reliever David Robertson (Hoch, Oct. 13).

Robertson had 39 saves in 44 chances and a 3.00 ERA as he succeeded Mariano Rivera as the Yankees closer. He is eligible for free agency.

“What happens as we move forward with him and the qualifying offer is yet to be determined, but we thank David and we’re proud of what he’s done here and how he’s handled himself here,” Cashman told reporter Bryan Hoch. “The final decision that has to be made here, first and foremost, is yet to be made.”

LoudMouths: Right move to bring back Cash?

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Yankees fire hitting coach

The Yankees have fired longtime hitting coach Kevin Long, GM Brian Cashman confirmed.

Long had been the hitting coach for the team since 2007.

The Yankees scored just 633 runs in 2014, their lowest total since Long took over as hitting coach. The team scored 968 runs in 2007, the most since 1937.

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Yankees sign Cashman to three-year contract

The Yankees have signed GM Brian Cashman to a three-year contract, the team announced.

Cashman will serve as the team’s senior vice president and general manager.

“Over the course of his time with the Yankees, he has earned five World Series rings, including four as General Manager, becoming the first GM to win four World Series titles since the Dodgers’ Buzzie Bavasi in the 1950s and ‘60s. He has earned his World Series titles with two managers – Joe Torre and Joe Girardi,” the Yankees said.

Cashman is in his seventeenth season as general manager of the Yankees.

His lifetime winning percentage of .594 (1,633-1,117-2) is the highest of any General Manager with at least five seasons of experience since 1950, and marks the best team winning percentage in the Major Leagues since 1998, the team said in a release.

World Series rings stolen from Yogi Berra museum

Several of the famous catcher’s World Series rings were stolen from the Yogi Berra Museum (Post, Oct. 9).

Ten of Yogi’s World Series rings were on display at the museum, and are worth between $150,000-250,000 each.

The museum, located on the campus of Montclair State University, is attached to a minor league baseball stadium.