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The Mets officially name Mickey Callaway their next manager

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The New York Mets just announced, officially, that Mickey Callaway is their new manager. There will be a press conference introducing him at 4PM this afternoon.

Callaway, 42, was most recently the Indians pitching coach. He has worked his way up through the coaching ranks over the past seven years, beginning with the Indians’ Single-A affiliate in the Midwest League. He has been the Tribe’s big league pitching coach since 2013 and has experienced great success in the role. There was a time when the leap from being a successful pitching coach to being a successful big league manager was a tough one, but in recent years several pitching coaches, including John Farrell and Bud Black, have experienced success in the transition.

Callaway will take over a Mets team that finished 70-92 in 2017 after making the playoffs in the previous two seasons. The success of the club will hinge on the success of their promising but often injured pitching staff, making Callaway a good fit for the job, at least on paper.

Braves claim Grant Dayton off waivers from Dodgers

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The Braves claimed lefty reliever Grant Dayton off waivers from the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Dayton, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery back in August and is almost certainly out for the entire 2018 season. The Braves, obviously, are making a longer-term play here by acquiring him, as he is under team control through 2022.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Dayton has a 3.42 career ERA with 59 strikeouts and 18 walks in 50 innings.