Kyodo News reports that Randy Smith, the former general manager of the Padres and Tigers who, for the past few years, has worked for the Padres once again, has accepted a position as a senior advisor for the Nippon Ham Fighters of the Pacific League.
Not the sort of move you hear about every day but, as the story notes, Smith, the Padres and the Fighters have a lot of common history and overlap.
Smith ran the Padres from 1993-95 and led the club to a 166-229 while presiding over one of the more notable fire sales in baseball history. He then moved on to Detroit where, between 1996 and 2002, the Tigers posted a record of 398-554. Those, as many have noted, was not exactly the best years in Detroit baseball history.
In Japan he won’t be tasked with building a team — the Fighters were this year’s Japan Series champs — so Nippon Ham partisans should not be too concerned about him doing for them what he did with the Padres and Tigers.
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.