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GM Brian Cashman gets key Yankees endorsement

Undated file photo of Brian Cashman.

Undated file photo of Brian Cashman. (Credit: Getty Images)

Brian Cashman and the Yankees hierarchy have had their rocky times in the past, most recently this past offseason when the higher-ups overruled him on signing reliever Rafael Soriano to a three-year, $35 million contract.

But winning apparently heals all wounds. So much so, in fact, that Yankees president Randy Levine is in no rush to bid the 12th-year general manager farewell.

Levine told ESPNNewYork.com that he wants Cashman back beyond this final season of a three-year, $6 million deal.

“Clearly, we want him back,” Levine said.

Though Cashman also hinted that he’d like to continue on with the Yanks, he didn’t discount a potential move to the Cubs, Orioles or any other club that might change general managers in the offseason. Indeed, it looked like his job might be on the line at the beginning of this season, as he lost out to the Phillies on the star of this free agent class, Cliff Lee.

But his other, less-than-sexy moves to get pitchers Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia panned out, and the Yanks wound up with home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

He has also built a strong minor-league base, with prospects such as catcher Jesus Montero now showing his mettle as a September call-up and potential playoff platoon DH , and pitcher Manny Banuelos rapidly becoming major league-ready.

Young Ivan Nova, another Cashman development, could be the No. 2 starter in the ALDS.

Cashman told ESPN he’ll start talking about a new contract after the season.

“We have a great relationship,” Cashman said. “I work for a great owner, but we really haven’t talked about the future. Now is not the time to talk about that, to be quite honest. That’s all for another day.”

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