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Cashman bites back at Sánchez; MLB season may be shortened; Yankees still not committed to Germán

American League Division Series Game 2: New York Yankees v. Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images

New York Post | Dan Martin: Gary Sánchez made waves last month with a candid offseason interview in which he expressed frustration with the Yankees’ lack of communication with him about his benching, among other things. Well, Brian Cashman has fired back in a big way, saying that he “doesn’t care” if Sánchez was given an explanation for his benching because “(He) had a horrible year on both sides of the ball. (He) lost (his) job in the most important time of the season, which is October baseball. I’m not sure an explanation is necessary.” Cashman also expressed his support for Sánchez, as evidenced by giving him a raise in arbitration, but it seems like this relationship is not as strong as it used to be.

SNY | Scott Thompson: Remember over the summer when the MLB owners and players couldn’t agree on the parameters for a season schedule? Both sides have started the battle early this time. MLB reportedly sent a proposal for a 154-game season with a universal DH and expanded playoffs. However, the players’ union is expected to reject the proposal on the grounds that they are against giving away the universal DH and expanded playoffs for such a minimal gain, and prefer a full 162-game season. With pitchers and catchers scheduled to report in less than three weeks, things will have to get hammered out fast before the season is cut short again.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: Although it appeared that the Yankees might be ready to let Domingo Germán reclaim his spot in the starting rotation, Cashman stopped short of confirming that in a recent interview. Cashman said that Germán is “on the roster,” but they are planning on having an in-person conversation with him in Tampa before committing to his spot on the team. Hal Steinbrenner had previously said that he has to feel “absolutely comfortable” that Germán is sorry for his actions and that he’s turned his life around before allowing him back on the team. Germán hasn’t pitched since September 18, 2019, due to a suspension for domestic violence.