Report: A.J. Hinch to join Padres' scouting department

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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.

Blue Jays acquire Randal Grichuk from the Cardinals

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The Blue Jays announced on Friday that the club acquired outfielder Randal Grichuk from the Cardinals in exchange for pitcher Dominic Leone and minor league pitcher Conner Greene.

Grichuk, 26, became expendable when the Cardinals acquired Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins. With veteran Dexter Fowler in right field and Tommy Pham — who finished 11th in NL MVP Award balloting last season — in center, Grichuk was effectively pushed to the bench. He will get a shot at regular playing time in an outfield corner with the Jays. Grichuk has had solid numbers since debuting in 2014, but he hasn’t been able to recapture the magic of his 2015 campaign. Last year, he hit .238/.285/.473 with 22 home runs and 59 RBI in 442 plate appearances.

Grichuk will earn $2.8 million this season and will be eligible for arbitration for two more years before becoming a free agent.

Leone, 26, posted an impressive 2.56 ERA with an 81/23 K/BB ratio across 70 1/3 innings last season. The right-hander will earn $1.085 million this season and then will become arbitration-eligible for the next three years. Leone certainly helps bolster the Cardinals’ bullpen and may work his way up to high-leverage innings behind closer Luke Gregerson.

Greene, 22, was selected by the Blue Jays in the seventh round of the 2013 draft. This past season, with Double-A New Hampshire, Greene compiled a 5.29 ERA with a 92/83 K/BB ratio in 132 2/3 innings. He throws hard, but control has been a big issue for the right-hander throughout his minor league career. The Cardinals may think they can help turn him around.