Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Braves will hire Alex Tamin as director of major league operations. Tamin filled a similar role with the Dodgers last season and has worked extensively with Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos.
After spending a number of years working on arbitration cases as outside counsel for various MLB teams, Tamin signed on with the Dodgers in 2011 as director of baseball contracts, research and operations. During his six-year tenure with the team, he also assisted in player analysis and focused on blending the best of both scouting and sabermetrics. Per Rosenthal’s report, he not only oversaw the club’s transactions but was “heavily involved” in their advanced scouting process, and is expected to do much of the same for the Braves.
Tamin is the latest addition to Anthopoulos’ revamped front office, following the addition of vice president of amateur and international scouting Andrew Tinnish and the subsequent promotion of assistant general manager Perry Minasian. The Braves have yet to confirm the hiring.
White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.
Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.
The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.