The Rays hire ex-Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland

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This had been rumored for a while, but it’s now official: the Rays have hired former Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland. Eiland was named as a special assistant to Rays’ GM Andrew Friedman. He’ll some scouting and handle special assignments.

Eiland left the Yankees under somewhat clouded circumstances. Apparently only Murray Chass knows what those circumstances were, but he’s a responsible journalist who doesn’t engage in irresponsible speculation. Except of course when he does.

Either way, I find it weird that I didn’t realize that Eiland used to pitch for the Devil Rays.  It doesn’t feel like they’ve been around long enough for any of their former players to have grown-up Major League jobs. But I suppose that’s more a comment on how time flies for old people like me than reality.

Report: Blue Jays sign Curtis Granderson to one-year, $5 million deal

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported on Monday night that the Blue Jays have signed outfielder Curtis Granderson to a one-year, $5 million deal. The contract is pending a physical and includes performance incentives.

Granderson, who turns 37 years old in March, spent last season with the Mets and Dodgers, batting an aggregate .212/.323/.452 with 26 home runs and 64 RBI in 527 plate appearances. He struggled offensively after going to the Dodgers, mustering a paltry .654 OPS. He went 1-for-15 in the playoffs as well.

The Blue Jays will likely platoon Granderson in the corner outfield. His career OPS is 158 points higher versus right-handed pitchers than against left-handers.