UPDATE: According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Greg Maddux has officially joined the Rangers as a special assistant to the general manager.
3:44 PM: Mike Maddux turned down a chance to potentially become the Cubs’ manager and decided to remain the Rangers’ pitching coach, and now his brother, future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux, has decided to leave the organization and may be joining Mike in Texas.
Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune reports that Maddux will resign from the special assistant to the general manager job he’s held for the past two years with the Cubs and “may soon be named to a similar position with the Rangers.”
Rogers writes that the Cubs wanted to keep Greg Maddux around, but Theo Epstein won’t block him from another gig.
Texas’ front office could lose assistant general manager Thad Levine to the Astros, but Maddux is unlikely to take on such a high-ranking position right away.
Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.
The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.
The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.