Sources: Talks with Yanks GM smooth

Contract negotiations between the New York Yankees and general manager Brian Cashman are going smoothly, according to sources, and could be concluded with a new deal in the week ahead.

Cashman, who has been the Yankees GM since February of 1998, could theoretically walk away from the Yankees at the end of the month when his contract expires.

But Cashman has made it clear he'd like to return. The Yankees say they want him back, and contract talks with club executives, including Hal Steinbrenner, have started.

Buster Olney is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.