Cashman and Yankees yet to talk

General manager Brian Cashman of the New York

General manager Brian Cashman of the New York Yankees looks on during batting practice before playing against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. (Sept. 2, 2011) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

ARLINGTON, Texas -- No deal.

At least, not yet.

And no talks to this point, either.

Contrary to a report over the weekend, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said there have been no negotiations between him and the team on a new contract.

"Nothing," he said Monday afternoon from his Yankee Stadium office. "Zero. There have been no discussions."

Cashman's three-year, $6-million deal expires Oct. 31, and he said "there's nothing scheduled" when asked if he expects negotiations to start this week.

Whenever contract discussions do begin, all signs point to their going relatively smoothly.

The Yankees' public stance on Cashman hasn't changed since spring training, when president Randy Levine said the organization wanted the general manager back. Levine has repeated that, almost word for word, at various times throughout the season.

Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said the same at the owners' meetings in August in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Cashman has said his desire is to return and reiterated "that hasn't changed" in the clubhouse after the Yankees' loss to the Tigers in ALDS Game 5.

Getting Cashman back in the fold is the organization's first offseason priority, Levine said Friday. Assuming that gets done in due time, issues such as CC Sabathia's opt-out clause, which most expect the lefthander to exercise, and pitching depth will be addressed.

Monday, however, all appeared quiet. "Just doing some things that are part of my job," Cashman said. "Nothing newsworthy."

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