The Diamondbacks fired Charles Nagy after he spent three years as their pitching coach. But he’s landed on his feet. Paul Hoynes reports that the Indians have hired him as a pitching instructor of some sort (Mickey Callaway is the actual pitching coach).
Nagy spent thirteen of his fourteen big league seasons in an Indians uniform. And it seems like he’s happy to be back. Of particular interest: his comments about former Dbacks and current Indians prospect Trevor Bauer. Bauer left Arizona amid questions about his work ethic and attitude. Nagy seems like quite a fan, however. It’ll be interesting to see if Bauer becomes Nagy’s pet project.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers may be interested in Jake Arrieta.
The Brewers could definitely use a front line starter, especially with Jimmy Nelson slated to miss a good chunk of next season due to a rotator cuff injury. Arrieta will be expensive, obviously, but the Brewers have a lot more payroll flexibility than most teams, with only minimal money due on long term contracts. Most of that is for Ryan Braun, but even the outlay for him is reasonable, with deferred money involved. Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel laid all of that out back in October.
Milwaukee had a surprisingly good 2017 and they have the ability to add in free agency or to take on salary in trades if they want to. Maybe they don’t get Arrieta but they could make a splash this offseason.