MLB lets some executives go

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Buster Olney reports that Major League Baseball has let three executives go as a part of its restructuring of the Baseball Operations operation.  The newly unemployed: Darryl Hamilton, Mike Port and Ed Burns.

Hamilton was an assistant to Bud Selig and the other two worked under Bob Watson. Now Joe Torre is in charge of baseball operations and you have to figure that these moves were made in conjunction with him coming on board.  One also wonders if this had anything to do with the umpire meeting we discussed earlier.  Or, even if the dismissals don’t, if the fact of Torre and new people coming online might change the way umpires are supervised and disciplined.

 

Blue Jays could move Jaime Garcia to bullpen

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Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays are considering moving starter Jaime Garcia to the bullpen. If they go that route, Sam Gaviglio would start in Garcia’s place on Sunday against the Angels.

Garcia, 31, has struggled to a 6.16 ERA with a 56/31 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings over 13 starts this season. Gaviglio, meanwhile, has a 3.75 ERA with 35 striekouts and 11 walks in 36 innings across six starts and two relief appearances for the Jays this year.

Garcia inked a one-year, $10 million contract with the Jays in February. The deal includes a club option for the 2019 season worth $10 million with a $2 million buyout.