Cubs will keep scouting director Tim Wilken for 2012

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They haven’t hired a new general manager to replace Jim Hendry yet, but the Cubs informed scouting director Tim Wilken that he’ll be retained for next season, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune.

Wilken sat down recently with owner Tom Ricketts and told Sullivan that “he was very supportive” and “he’s a good man.”

Ricketts recently gave a four-year contract extension to player personnel director Oneri Fleita, leading many to wonder why he’d do that before consulting with the new GM, but Wilken will apparently work on a one-year deal in 2012.

He’s been the Cubs’ scouting director since December of 2005.

UPDATE: Gary Hughes, who was a special assistant to Hendry since 2002 and has a great reputation in the scouting world, has stepped down.

Reds sign outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera to minor league deals

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The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.

Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.

Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.