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Phillies hire Terry Ryan as a special assignment scout

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The Phillies announced on Wednesday that the club hired former Twins GM Terry Ryan as a special assignment scout.

Ryan, 63, had two separate stints as the Twins’ GM, owning the position from 1994-2007 as well as 2012-16. After the Twins finished the 2016  season 59-103, Ryan was relieved of his duties and the club eventually hired Thad Levine as the new GM.

Ryan is a two-time winner of the Executive of the Year Award as named by The Sporting News. During his tenure, the Twins made the playoffs four times (2002-04, 2006).

Phillies GM Matt Klentak said of Ryan, “I have known Terry for more than a decade and have enormous respect for all that he accomplished during his tenure with the Twins. Terry’s work ethic, loyalty and track record as a talent evaluator are simply unparalleled in our game.”

Drew Smyly has a torn UCL, will undergo Tommy John surgery

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Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that Mariners starter Drew Smyly has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Smyly was diagnosed with a flexor strain in his left elbow at the end of spring training. He had been on the shelf since then, but was throwing bullpen sessions. He was set to throw his first simulated game today, but that was scratched after he said his arm didn’t feel right in his last throwing session. The Mariners called it “a little setback.” A reexamination shows that this is not little, obviously.

The Mariners acquired Smyly in January for outfielder Mallex Smith and two minor leaguers, and were expected to utilize the lefty as a core member of their rotation in 2017. Now he’s going to miss all of this season and, given that he’s on a one-year deal, will be released by the team at the end of the season. Odds are that he’ll be unable to pitch for most of 2018.

Tough break.

Miguel Montero to be designated for assignment

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A play in three acts:

I.

Miguel Montero talks smack about his teammate

II.

A team leader talks smack about Miguel Montero

III.

The Cubs get rid of Miguel Montero:

This is rather surprising. As I said in the last post, I figured he’d apologize today and it’d all be in the past. Guess not. Even more surprising: we learned earlier this week that the key to good clubhouse chemistry is having a teammate everyone hates. Guess that only works for the Giants.

Montero is making $14 million this season, so the Cubs are definitely eating some money to make a headache go away. They’re also losing some offensive production, as Montero has hit a nice .286/.366/.439 on the season. His terrible defense against opposing baserunners mitigates that, of course. And the whole “pissing off everyone in the clubhouse” thing isn’t exactly working out for him either, so here we are.

Oh well, have a good one, Miguel.