According to Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com, the Padres are close to hiring former Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch to be their director of scouting. This confirms a report by Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse earlier this week.
Padres general manager Jed Hoyer wouldn’t call the hiring official, but Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall confirmed to Bloom that the team is working with MLB and the Padres to
determine the financial details of the agreement. Hinch, who was fired as manager of the Diamondbacks in July, is still owed $1.3 million over the next two years.
If hired, Hinch will be reunited with CEO Jeff Moorad, the former Diamondbacks president and general partner. Interestingly enough, in the search for their next general manager, the Diamondbacks reportedly have interest in former Padres general manager Kevin Towers. In summary, all this executive swapping is making me feel icky.
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.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
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.