Orioles sign OF Endy Chavez to one-year deal

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Confirming a report out of the Dominican Republic, FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi says the Orioles have signed Endy Chavez to a one-year deal.

No word yet on the terms, but the deal shouldn’t be worth much more than $1 million.

Chavez, who turns 34 in February, hit .301/.323/.426 in 256 at-bats for the Rangers after being called up from Truple-A last May. It probably qualified as the second best season of his career. He hit .306/.348/.431 in 353 at-bats for the Mets in 2006, but he’s struggled to stay in the majors in the five years since.

Chavez will replace Felix Pie as a left-handed-hitting fourth outfielder for the Orioles. Since he remains a pretty good center fielder, he’s a decent use of a roster spot, even though he probably won’t hit so well again. Ideally, the Orioles won’t need to give him too much time in left field, though that could depend on how Nolan Reimold performs.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.