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Phillies give a two-year extension to manager Pete Mackanin

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The Philadelphia Phillies just announced that they have given manager Pete Mackanin a two-year contract extension. The deal covers this year and next, with the club holding an option for 2019.

This is more of an overlap to his existing deal than a full-blown extension. Last year he agreed to a deal that covered 2016-17 with a club option for 2018. Managers hate being lame ducks, however, and the industry standard has come to be not allowing a manager to be in his final guaranteed year for long, lest it be seen as a lack of confidence. The Phillies and Mackanin seem to be fully on the same page, however, so this move is not shocking.

Mackanin is in his third season as Phillies manager. He’s 121-161, having taken over the club as it fully committed to a major rebuild.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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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.