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NL Notes: Pirates, Santana, Reds, Phillies, Mets, Kahnle

the Pirates’ signing of Carlos Santana was in part driven by the team’s belief that next year’s restriction on infield shifts will help to boost the veteran switch-hitter’s production, general manager Ben Cherington told reporters after finalizing the deal this week (link via Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Beyond that, Santana’s reputation as a …

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Job Posting: Cleveland Guardians – Fellow, Amateur Scouting

Fellow, Amateur Scouting Department: Amateur scoutingEmployment Type: Full-TimeFLSA Classification: Exempt Primary Purposes:The Guardians Fellowship program is designed to accelerate the pace of development and impact for people interested in working for our organization. Fellowship roles are focused on solving complex challenges and developing new approaches, tools, and techniques to meaningfully drive the organization forward. The …

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Life Is Meaningless and Short, Just Like Position Player Relief Outings

© Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports It wasn’t too long ago that it was a delightful novelty when position players pitched. When Casper Wells came in from the outfield to chuck batting practice fastballs at the plate, it meant that the game had gone into a zone of silliness. Either the game was such a blowout …

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Michael Wacha on Evolving as a Pitcher (But Keeping His Bread and Butter)

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Michael Wacha is, in many ways, the same pitcher who broke into the big leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013. The changeup is still his best weapon, and his fastball velocity has remained in the 93–95-mph range throughout. The 31-year-old right-hander has changed teams a few times, but he’s …

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Mariners Looking For Left-Handed Hitting Second Baseman

Over a year ago, Mariners president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto publicly declared that the club would not be supplanting JP Crawford at shortstop. That was despite a huge class of free agent shortstops that existed at that time, including Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Trevor Story, Marcus Semien and Javier Baez. Coming into this offseason, …

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Padres, Diamondbacks Among Teams Interested In Xander Bogaerts

11:40am: The Athletic’s Peter Gammons cites front office officials from three other teams who are of the belief that Bogaerts will not return to Boston (Twitter links). As he did with regard to Bogaerts playing another position, however, Boras outwardly denied the report, telling Alex Speier of the Boston Globe that Bogaerts is “open to …

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In Naming the Era Committee Members, the Hall Again Can’t Avoid the Specter of Cronyism

© Georgie Silvarole/New York State Team via Image Content Services, LLC It’s not hard to muster some cynicism when it comes to the Era Committee voting. Like the various iterations of the Veterans Committees that proceeded it, the small panels of Hall of Famers, executives, and media members tasked with evaluating Era Committee ballots inevitably …

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Colorado Rockies news: Let’s talk about Kevin Kiermaier, shall we?

We are several weeks into the offseason and the search for a center fielder continues for the Colorado Rockies. In exploring the free agent market thus far, we’ve talked about more notable options like Brandon Nimmo and Cody Bellinger, but should the Rockies miss out on them, they could pivot to one of the best …

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