Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Diamondbacks signed outfielder Oswaldo Arcia on Tuesday.
Arcia, 25, spent the 2016 season with four teams: the Twins, Rays, Marlins, and Padres. He racked up a total of 222 plate appearances, batting .203/.270/.366 with eight home runs and 23 RBI. Arcia showed some promise in his first two years in the league with the Twins so the Diamondbacks are hoping he can rediscover that.
It’s still unknown if Arcia’s deal is a major or minor league deal. If it’s a major league deal, Arcia is likely looking at a bench role. If it’s a minor league deal, he will have to perform well in spring to find his way onto the Diamondbacks’ 25-man roster.
The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.
Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.
According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.
The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.