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Mets interested in Moises Alou for first base coach

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Yes, coaching hires aren’t all that exciting, but this is an interesting possibility to pass along. According to Kevin Burkhardt of SNY, Moises Alou is a candidate to be the Mets’ first base coach.

While the Mets have expressed their interest, Alou hasn’t decided if he will interview. Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com (via Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com) believes that Alou would prefer a front-office job in major league baseball, not necessarily one in uniform.

Alou, 44, is currently serving as the general manager for the Escogido Lions, the Dominican Winter League team managed by Ken Oberkfell, who also manages Triple-A Buffalo in the Mets’ organization.

It’s been hard to keep up with all the news flying around on the first day of the Winter Meetings, but something you may have missed is that the Mets interviewed Andy Van Slyke for their hitting coach vacancy today. Mets manager Terry Collins revealed that he is the first of four candidates for the job.

Orioles signed Tommy Hunter to a major league contract

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 12:  Pitcher Tommy Hunter #48 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in the ninth inning during the MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 12, 2016 in Anaheim, California. The Indians defeated the Angels 8-3. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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The Orioles announced, prior to Sunday’s game against the Yankees, that the club signed pitcher Tommy Hunter to a major league contract. In related roster moves, the club recalled pitcher Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk and designated pitcher T.J. McFarland and outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment.

The Indians released Hunter on Thursday after he struggled in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus. Hunter was recovering from a non-displaced fracture in his lower back. The right-hander put up a respectable 3.74 ERA with a 17/5 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings for the Indians.

This will be Hunter’s second stint with the Orioles. The O’s had acquired him along with first baseman Chris Davis at the trade deadline from the Rangers in 2011 in the Koji Uehara trade.

The Orioles are only responsible for paying Hunter the prorated major league minimum.

Orioles’ Mark Trumbo becomes the first to 40 home runs this season

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Mark Trumbo #45 of the Baltimore Orioles hits a home run during the eighth inning of a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 28, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Orioles DH Mark Trumbo drilled a two-run home run to left-center field off of reliever Ben Heller in the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Yankees. In doing so, he became the first player to reach the 40-homer plateau this season.

Trumbo finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. Along with the 40 dingers, he’s hitting .257/.317/.541 with 96 RBI. He has already set a career-high in homers and is four RBI away from tying his career high in that regard.

Trumbo is eligible for free agency after the season. Needless to say, his performance in 2016 bodes well for his ability to secure a hefty contract.