Brewers and Indians work out a deal for Rule 5 pick Chuck Lofgren

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Yesterday several Rule 5 picks were sent back to their original teams, but the Brewers worked out a deal with the Indians for Chuck Lofgren to remain in the organization without being on the big-league roster all season.
In exchange for being able to keep Lofgren and, just as importantly, demote him to the minors immediately, Milwaukee shipped 25-year-reliever Omar Aguilar to Cleveland.
Had the two sides not been able to work out a deal the Indians would have had the option of taking Lofgren back for $25,000 (half the original $50,000 fee paid to draft him) or simply letting the Brewers keep him.
Lofgren was once a highly thought of prospect, but the 24-year-old left-hander hit a roadblock after advancing past Single-A. Combined between Double-A and Triple-A he’s 23-25 with a 4.74 ERA in 378 innings. Aguilar is a similar story, thriving in the low minors before posting a 7.71 ERA in 23 games at Double-A last season.

Report: Nationals to interview Alex Cora for managerial position

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Nationals will ask to speak with Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora after the American League Championship Series concludes on Saturday. This comes on the heels of the news that club manager Dusty Baker will not be returning to the team in 2018.

Cora, 42, has some experience in the Nationals’ organization. He played for the Nats during his last big league stint in 2011, batting .224/.287/.276 through 91 games before announcing his retirement in the spring of 2012. Per Cafardo, he was also offered a player development gig with the club, but has not appeared in any kind of official role with them since his days as a major league infielder. While he’s been lauded for his leadership skills and strong clubhouse presence, he hasn’t acquired any managerial experience since his retirement, save for a handful of games with the Astros where he filled in for A.J. Hinch.

Despite the appeal of having a familiar face in the dugout, the Nationals aren’t the only ones eyeing Cora. The Astros’ coach has already interviewed with the Tigers, Mets and Red Sox this month. Boston appears to be the current favorite to land him and according to at least one source, may even announce his hiring in advance of the World Series next Tuesday.