So the biggest news yesterday was the return of Brian Cashman.

On, Cashman had this to say:

“I consider coming off a season where we didn’t reach the playoffs for the first time since 1993 as a personal challenge,” Cashman said in a statement. “I’ve never been one to run from a challenge, and I look forward to having the chance to go after this thing again.”

He accepted a three-year job at around $2 million a year, an increase over his recent annual salary.

For what it’s worth, I think this move is good because it gives Cashman the ability to continue what he was re-signed for in 2005 — rebuilding the farm system and starting a youth movement akin to the one that led the Yankees on their recent run in the late 1990s. Three years is good enough and that will see the core of the farm players into the big leagues by then — particularly ones like Austin Jackson.

I’m all for the three year contract, I would have balked at four or five. So, this is a good move for both sides and especially for the Yankees as they go into what will amount to be an interesting offseason.

Playoff Predictions

Rays over White Sox in three.

Angels over Red Sox in four.

Cubs over Dodgers in four.

Milwaukee over Phillies in four.

ALCS and NLCS predictions coming up later.