Bill Smith returning to Twins a month after being fired as GM

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Minnesota fired Bill Smith as general manager on November 7, replacing him with former GM Terry Ryan, but they talked about wanting to keep him as part of the organization in a different role and apparently Smith is willing to stay.

Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com reports that Smith is close to returning in a “special assistant to the president and GM” role that would involve overseeing the team’s efforts in Latin America and their spring training complex in Florida.

Smith was overmatched as a GM, making multiple team-crushing decisions, but he’s been with the Twins since the mid-1980s and handled his firing with class, refusing to say a bad word about anyone involved.

Braves claim Grant Dayton off waivers from Dodgers

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The Braves claimed lefty reliever Grant Dayton off waivers from the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Dayton, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery back in August and is almost certainly out for the entire 2018 season. The Braves, obviously, are making a longer-term play here by acquiring him, as he is under team control through 2022.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Dayton has a 3.42 career ERA with 59 strikeouts and 18 walks in 50 innings.