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Nationals name Kevin Long their hitting coach


The Washington Nationals announced that Kevin Long will be their hitting coach. He replaces Rick Schu in the role.

Long had been the Mets hitting coach since 2014, but it was reported the other day that they would not bring him back. At the time I said that he’d not be out of work long, but this is ridiculous. It certainly speaks to how well-regarded Long is in the business, due to both his Mets tenure and his tenure as Yankees hitting coach from 2007-2013.

Bonus: Long’s son plays in the Nats organization.

Royals sign Clay Buchholz to minor league deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.

Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.

The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.