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Yankees GM Brian Cashman makes first major deal with ‘close’ friend Billy Beane

General manager Brian Cashman of the New York

General manager Brian Cashman of the New York Yankees speaks to the media prior to a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium on Monday, July 31, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is, by his own words, “close” friends with Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, but before Monday’s Sonny Gray deal, the duo had never completed a major trade.

“It is odd,” Cashman said. “I’ve been around now 20 years and he’s been around 21 years in that type of decision-making capacity and we just have not matched up despite being close.”

Any reason?

“I think we like the same players,” Cashman said. “We maybe think probably very similarly, which doesn’t create an atmosphere of matches as easy. I think opposites attract when you’re trying to do business with others.”

One deal Cashman and Beane did help complete occurred when the Yankees acquired Scott Brosius for Kenny Rogers before the 1998 season. Cashman was the assistant general manager to Bob Watson at the time. Brosius went on to win the 1998 World Series MVP award.

The most recent trade the A’s and Yankees had made was on July 11, 2014, when the Yankees acquired lefthander Jeff Francis for a player to be named. Francis made two appearances before being released on Aug. 5.

Extra bases

After Monday night’s 7-3 victory over the Tigers, the Yankees sent reliever Jonathan Holder and first baseman Garrett Cooper to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room for pitchers Jaime Garcia and Sonny Gray. Before the game, Holder was recalled from Scranton to take the place of Luis Cessa, who was sent down after throwing 3 1⁄3 innings of relief on Sunday. . . Garcia, acquired from the Twins on Sunday, will join the team on Tuesday . . . Austin Romine, who was hit in the throat while catching and on the left hand while batting on Sunday, was available in an emergency Monday night. Romine said the hand was the bigger issue but added that he could play if he had to. “It probably wouldn’t be pretty, but I could do it,” he said. Romine did not play.

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