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Dodgers trade Carlos Frias to the Indians

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The Cleveland Indians have acquired righty Carlos Frias from the Dodgers for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Frias was designated for assignment by the Dodgers last week to clear a 40-man roster spot for Brett Eibner, who himself is likely to be organizational depth, so it’s not as if L.A. valued Frias all that greatly. As it was, the 26-year-old spent most of the season in the minors, posting a 3.95 ERA and 32/11 K/BB ratio in 43.1 innings between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City. He has pitched 33 big league games over the past three seasons — 15 of them starts — with a 4.50 ERA and a 75/34 K/BB ratio in 114 innings.

Frias will presumably compete for a spot in the Cleveland bullpen this spring. Cash Considerations, who has been traded to every team in baseball at one time or another, should probably take a good look in the mirror and think about finding a different line of work.

Report: Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as new manager

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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.