The Cubs make it official and hire Jaramillo

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Or at least they will sometime today, according to ESPN’s Bruce Levine:

The Cubs will announce Wednesday that former Texas Rangers hitting instructor Rudy Jaramillo has signed a three-year, $2.42 million contract to become Chicago’s next hitting coach, player sources told ESPNChicago.com on Tuesday . . . The Rangers offered Jaramillo just a one-year deal at a modest raise over his 2009 contract of $650,000 to stay in Texas, sources said.

That’s a lot of dough for a hitting coach, especially considering that no one has ever really shown that hitting coaches, you know, do anything.  Still, Jaramillo has experience with Milton Bradley. And assuming they got along in Texas, simply having someone who can provide a buffer between Bradley and Piniella and whoever else Bradley is alienating at any given time may make this contract worthwhile.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.