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.”
The substance of the report is not shocking. Francisco Lindor is one of baseball’s brightest young stars and the Cleveland Indians would, no doubt, wish to lock him up for an extended period of time. The surprising part is the guy who reported that, yes, the Indians are working to get Lindor a seven-year extension.
That guy: six-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff. Brody was invited into the team’s broadcast booth during the ninth inning of their game against the Chicago White Sox. Indians announcer Tom Hamilton asked, no doubt jokingly, if his working on anything interesting. Brody:
“He’s trying to get, um, Lindor to play for seven more years,”
Again, not shocking. It would’ve been way worse if Brody had said “Dad’s working on a three-way deal that’ll send Naquin to an NL team in order to affect a three-way trade that’ll land us Verlander without having to deal directly with a divisional rival.” But I imagine Dad still would’ve preferred he not mention that.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.