The Phillies’ stat guy is now a full-time employee

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It was reported in November that the Phillies had finally hired a stat guy from MLB’s labor relations department, but we later learned that he wasn’t a full-time employee and that it was being referred to as an “externship.” Well, the Phillies must have liked what they saw from him because he’s now on board as an employee:

Good for the Phillies, even if they are 10 years behind the rest of the world. On a related note, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. recently started watching “LOST.” He’s dying to know what the numbers mean.

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.