Nationals interested in Boone Logan

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Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has talked about wanting to add some left-handed bullpen help and Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the team has shown interest in free agent southpaw Boone Logan.

Logan spent the past four seasons as the Yankees’ situational left-hander, tossing 176 innings in 256 appearances, and struck out 10.3 batters per nine innings with a 3.38 ERA. He missed nearly the entire final month with an elbow injury and had surgery to remove a bone chip in October, but is expected to be fully healthy in time for spring training.

At age 29 he figures to get a multi-year deal, although trying to predict the middle reliever market is always tough.

Cardinals name Mike Shildt bench coach, Jose Oquendo third base coach

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MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch reports that the Cardinals have named Mike Shildt the new bench coach and Jose Oquendo will once again serve as the third base coach. Willie McGee is also expected to join the coaching staff.

David Bell had been the Cardinals’ bench coach, but he just took a job with the Giants as the farm director. Shildt had been the third base coach and Oquendo most recently served as assistant to GM Michael Girsch.

The Cardinals are still looking for a pitching coach after getting rid of Derek Lilliquist.