Three high-ranking executives within baseball tell Buster Olney of ESPN.com that MLB president and chief operating officer Bob DuPuy is expected to move out of his current role.
“He’s on his way out,” a team official said.
DuPuy has served as president and chief operating officer for the past eight years. Some have viewed DuPuy as a possible successor to commissioner Bud Selig, whose contract runs through 2012, though some executives told Olney that the pair are “not as close as they once were.” Maybe this could create a possible opening for Stan Kasten? Just spit-balling it right now, but it makes some sense.
According to Olney, the timing for the change is not yet known. We’ll pass along more updates once they are made available.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.