Team USA manager Joe Torre has picked his coaching staff for the World Baseball Classic and it’s an impression collection of big names:
Pitching coach – Greg Maddux
Hitting coach – Gerald Perry
Bench coach – Larry Bowa
First base coach – Dale Murphy
Third base coach – Willie Randolph
Bullpen coach – Marcel Lachemann
Maddux as pitching coach is interesting because if he ever showed a desire to do that on a full-time basis teams would be lining up to hire him.
And no doubt part of the job for all six of those coaches is talking various stars into actually playing in the WBC.
The Rays announced on Tuesday that the club acquired outfielder Peter Bourjos from the White Sox in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
As all three starting outfield jobs in Tampa Bay are spoken for, Bourjos is looking at a bench role to open the 2017 regular season. Last season with the Phillies, Bourjos hit .251/.292/.389 with 20 doubles, 23 RBI, and 40 runs scored in 383 plate appearances. The bat is still weak, but he also still plays solid defense and runs the bases well.
The Reds claimed second baseman Scooter Gennett off waivers from the Brewers, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Tuesday.
Gennett, who turns 27 years old on May 1, was expendable as the Brewers planned to use Jonathan Villar on an everyday basis at second base. He’ll provide infield depth in Cincinnati.
Over parts of four seasons in the majors, Gennett has hit .279/.318/.420 with 35 home runs and 160 RBI in 1,637 plate appearances.