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Report: Cubs close to adding Jim Hickey as pitching coach


Update (7:17 PM ET): It’s official, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.


Patrick Mooney of NBC Sports Chicago reports that the Cubs are close to a deal with Jim Hickey to make him the new pitching coach. The Cubs today also announced Chili Davis as the new hitting coach and Brian Butterfield as the third base coach, while promoting Andy Haines to assistant hitting coach.

Hickey, 56, had been the Rays’ pitching coach since the 2007 season, but the club decided to part ways with him earlier this month. They named Kyle Snyder as the new pitching coach.

Hickey is well regarded around the league, so it’s no surprise that it took him less than a month to find employment elsewhere. He’ll work with a very successful pitching staff that will lose Jake Arrieta to free agency.

Colby Rasmus signs a minor league deal with the Orioles

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Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that Colby Rasmus has agreed to a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles.

Rasmus, 31, played only 37 games with the Rays last year. The reason: the previous offseason he underwent surgery to repair his left hip labrum and his core muscle, and the hip continued to bother him throughout spring training. He began the season on the disabled list and made his debut on May 2, hitting .281/.318/.579 in 129 plate appearances before going back on the DL June 23. He’d never return, “stepping away” from the game in the words of the club, which placed him on the restricted list for the remainder of the season.