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Chip Hale joins Nationals as a bench coach


Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Chip Hale will be the Nationals’ new bench coach.

Hale, 52, was the Athletics’ third base coach during the 2017 season. Before that, he managed the Diamondbacks for two seasons in 2015-16, leading them to an overall 148-176 (.457) record.

Hale joins the coaching staff under new Nationals manager Dave Martinez. Kevin Long joined the team as a hitting coach and Bob Henley returned as a third base coach.

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.