Are the Pirates waiting for Tony Pena?

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Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates haven’t interviewed anyone for their managerial vacancy in a week, and that they’re “considering additional interviews.”

We’ve talked about the current candidates — John Gibbons, Dale Sveum, Carlos Tosca, Jeff Banister, Bo Porter and Ken Macha — but Biertempfel thinks Pittsburgh is waiting on Yankees bench coach Tony Pena’s season to be over before making a decision.

Pena certainly has a history with managing seeming lost causes. He was with the Royals, after all.  And he actually had one pretty nice season there back in 2003.  He also has a history with the Pirates of course, so it might make sense that they at least want to talk to him.

UPDATEGreat stuff from Posnanski on Tony Pena the other day.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.