Orioles interview ex-Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee

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Yesterday the Orioles announced that pitching coach Rick Adair would not be returning for next season and now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that they’ll interview former Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee for the job.

Dubee was fired by the Phillies two weeks ago after spending nine seasons as Charlie Manuel’s right-hand man, during which time they had a ton of success and some excellent pitching staffs, and Connolly notes that Dubee was an Expos minor league pitching coach back when current Orioles general manager Dan Duquette was Montreal’s GM.

Yankees, Mariners expressing interest in J.A. Happ

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Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Yankees and Mariners are both expressing interest in Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ.

Happ is posting a 3.48 ERA and a 94/25 K/BB ratio in 82.2 innings across 14 starts and has been stingy with the hits as well. Between that, the Blue Jays’ lack of contention and the fact that Happ is in the walk year of his three-year, $36 million deal, all signs point to the Jays trading them.

In normal circumstances you might not expect the Jays to make a trade with the Yankees, but at this point it sort of doesn’t matter, does it? It’s not like Happ in New York on a couple month rental will impact the 2018 Jays too much. And, given his pending free agency, it’s not extraordinarily likely that he’d haunt the Jays from the Bronx long term either.

There’s not a ton of elite pitching currently available, but as the trade deadline approaches — a little over a month to go on that score — the talk about Happ, Cole Hamels, Francisco Liriano and others will heat up. Figure the Yankees will be linked with any and all available starters.