Diamondbacks plan to hire GM by the end of the season

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Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic on Thursday that the team intends to have a permanent general manager in place by the end of the regular season.

“I’d like to have a GM in place before the season ends,” Hall said. “You
allow teams to get through the draft, get through the trade deadline
and then start the ball rolling (in the interview process).”

Hall has praised interim general manager Jerry DiPoto since he took over for Josh Byrnes in July, however he said he “owes it to the organization” to go through with the interview process. DiPoto will be considered for the full-time gig, among five to 10 candidates.

According to Piecoro, former Padres general manager Kevin Towers, Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White and Yankees vice president Darren Oppenheimer are some of the other rumored candidates.

Padres, Mariners join list of teams to extend netting

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The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.

A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.

Zach Britton receives stem cell injection, likely done for the season

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Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.

The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.

Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.