New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told MLB.com he expects a new contract by Oct. 31, when his current contract expires.
"It'll get done between now and Oct. 31st, I'm sure," Cashman said. "I can't promise, but I think that's what everybody expects. I know it's something that everybody has to follow. But that's not a pressing circumstance, as far as something I'm worried about right now."
Cashman has no plans to visit Hal Steinbrenner in Tampa, Fla., but he doesn't feel that a flight is necessary for a new contract to be completed.
"I'm sure it could get done over the phone, from my perspective," said Cashman, who is completing a three-year, $6 million agreement with the club. "I don't want to speak for him."
For now, Cashman is focused on running the Yankees. He is meeting in New York this week with Yankees scouts to help determine New York's offseason intentions.
Cashman also expects to contact the representatives of star pitcher CC Sabathia before the World Series ends. Sabathia, who finished last season 19-8 with a 3.00 ERA, can choose to opt out of the last four years of his seven-year, $161 million contract. .