Author: Aaron Gleeman

Jesus Guzman Astros

Jesus Guzman signs with Japanese team


Jesus Guzman opted for free agency after being dropped from the 40-man roster by the Astros and now the 30-year-old first baseman/outfielder has signed with the Hiroshima Carp of the Japanese League.

Guzman came out of nowhere to have a strong rookie season with the Padres as a 27-year-old in 2011, but he’s hit just .226 with a .664 OPS in 315 games since then and batted .188 for the Astros this season.

According to the Japan Times he’ll get about $1 million plus potential incentives after making $1.3 million via arbitration this season.

Mike Aldrete leaves Cardinals to become A’s bench coach

Mike Aldrete Cardinals

Chip Hale went from A’s bench coach to the Diamondbacks’ new manager and now Oakland has found his replacement in Mike Aldrete, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Aldrete has spent the past seven seasons on the Cardinals’ coach staff, first under Tony La Russa and then under Mike Matheny, serving as bench coach recently. However, he played for the A’s from 1993-1995, lives in California, and was a member of current A’s manager Bob Melvin’s coaching staffs in both Arizona and Seattle.

Braves hire hitting coach Kevin Seitzer away from Blue Jays

Kevin Seitzer Blue Jays

Greg Walker resigned as the Braves’ hitting coach following a season in which they ranked 14th among NL teams in runs scored and now they’ve hired Kevin Seitzer as his replacement.

Seitzer spent this season as Toronto’s hitting coach and the Blue Jays ranked fourth among AL teams in scoring–including second in home runs–but Seitzer decided to leave that job to take the same role with the Braves. He previously served as hitting coach for the Diamondbacks and Royals.

As a player he was a two-time All-Star third baseman whose career spanned from 1986 to 1997, hitting .295 in 1,439 games for the Brewers, Royals, Indians, and A’s.

Kevin Towers expected to join Reds after being fired as Diamondbacks GM

Kevin Towers

Kevin Towers opted not to remain with the Diamondbacks in a different role after being fired as general manager and now Buster Olney of reports that he’s set to join the Reds’ front office as an assistant to general manager Walt Jocketty.

Towers took a lot of criticism for his stint in Arizona–and rightfully so in most cases–but he’s always been portrayed as very well-respected across baseball and it’s no surprise that another longtime, veteran GM wanted to bring him on board.

Royals claim Moises Sierra off waivers from White Sox

Moises Sierra White Sox

Being in the World Series hasn’t stopped the Royals from tweaking the margins of their 40-man roster, as they claimed outfielder Moises Sierra off waivers from the White Sox.

Sierra has hit just .243 with nine homers and a .679 OPS in 180 games for the White Sox and Blue Jays during the past three seasons and his Triple-A numbers aren’t a whole lot better.

At age 25 he profiles as a bench player, but he does have a decent power-speed combo and the right-handed hitter could fit in a platoon role at some point.