Trey Hillman given a vote of confidence for some reason

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Whenever you have a chance to give a vote of confidence to an unpopular
manager who has led the team to a 112-140 record amidst sloppy play, you have to do it. You just do:

The criticism isn’t likely to go away soon, but at least now Royals
manager Trey Hillman knows he won’t, either. The news came in a story
published in The Star on Sunday, with general manager Dayton Moore
saying that Hillman would “absolutely” be back as manager in 2010. “For
our general manager to say that,” Hillman said, “it certainly gives you
a boost of confidence, no doubt, and I’m appreciative of that.”

OK, that’s not fair. Hillman is no great shakes, but if you have to
point to a guy who has sunk this team — as opposed to say the Fates or
Karma or whatever — that guy is Dayton Moore. Which makes one wonder,
by the way, how much a vote of confidence from a GM who himself
deserves to be fired is really worth.

Braves ink Blaine Boyer to a minor league deal

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 2:  Relief pitcher Blaine Boyer #48 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers to home plate during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on October 2, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.

Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.

Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.

Report: Rays nearing a deal with Shawn Tolleson

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 18: Reliever Shawn Tolleson #37 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium on June 18, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.

Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.