Reds GM says Dusty Baker will be back as manager

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After last night’s Wild Card game loss to the Pirates general manager Walt Jocketty was asked if there was any question whether Dusty Baker will remain the Reds’ manager next season and replied: “I don’t think so. He’s signed for another year.”

Cincinnati has won 90-plus games and made the playoffs in three of the past four seasons under Baker, but the Reds have yet to win a playoff series during that time and have a 2-7 record in the postseason overall.

Of course, prior to Baker’s arrival the Reds had gone 12 straight seasons without a playoff appearance, finishing above .500 just twice over that span.

Jonny Venters is back in the majors

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The Rays announced on Wednesday that the club purchased the contract of lefty reliever Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham. The 33-year-old hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 due to a continuous battle with arm injuries. The Rays note that he has undergone two and a half Tommy John surgeries, which is a number that seems to be in dispute.

Venters signed a minor league contract with the Rays in December. With Durham so far this season, he gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Before the injuries, Venters was among the best relievers in 2010-11. In those two seasons, he posted a combined 1.89 ERA with 189 strikeouts and 82 walks in 171 innings.