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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.”

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.