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Phillies make it official and hire Gabe Kapler as their new manager

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The Phillies have formally announced that they have hired Gabe Kapler to be their manager.

Kapler has served as director of player development for the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2014. Kapler spent parts of 12 years in the majors from 1998-2010 with the Red Sox, Rangers, Rays, Rockies, Tigers, and Brewers. After retiring following the 2006 season, he managed Single-A Greenville in the Red Sox system in 2007. He then unretired and retired again in 2011.

Kapler served as an analyst for Fox Sports 1 in 2013 before joining the Dodgers’ front office.

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.