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Twins sign Craig Breslow

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Minnesota Twins have signed Craig Breslow to a minor league deal.

Breslow, 36, pitched for the Marlins in 2016, posting a 4.50 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 4.5 SO/9 over just 14 innings in Miami. He was released midseason. The previous four seasons he spent in Boston, with some excellent work mixed in with some dreck. He’s a lefty, though, so he was going to find a job someplace.

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.