The Mariners shut out the Athletics 4-0 on Sunday. After the game, bullpen coach Mike Hampton resigned from his position effective immediately, MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports. The Mariners don’t yet have a replacement, but one will be named before the club resumes play on Friday.
Hampton resigned because he wanted to spend more time with his family, per Johns, who spoke to GM Jerry DiPoto.
Hampton, 44, signed on as the Mariners’ bullpen coach in 2016. He pitched parts of 16 seasons in the majors from 1993-2010. Hampton was originally selected by the Mariners in the sixth round of the 1990 draft.
Update (7:51 PM ET): ESPN’s Buster Olney says the deal isn’t final yet. Rosenthal says that any delay on this trade is due to Kinsler’s no-trade clause, but he still expects the deal to happen.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels will acquire second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers. It is not known yet what the Tigers will receive in return. Kinsler had to waive his no-trade clause in order for the deal to happen.
Kinsler, 35, hit .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, 90 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 613 plate appearances for the Tigers this past season. He’s in the final year of his contract and will earn $10 million for the 2018 season.
The Angels were certainly looking to upgrade at second base and did so with Kinsler. They were also reportedly interested in Cesar Hernandez of the Phillies.