Marlins release former MVP Miguel Tejada

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The Marlins have released infielder Miguel Tejada, Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel reports. Tejada signed a minor league contract with the club back in May, but was hampered by a shoulder injury.

In 14 plate appearances with Double-A Jacksonville, Tejada managed four singles and a double. The 40-year-old veteran says he plans to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic before deciding to continue playing professionally or retire.

Tejada emerged as one of the game’s best players in the early 2000’s, winning the AL MVP award with the Athletics in 2002. After leaving the A’s following the 2003 season, Tejada played for the Orioles, Astros, Padres, Giants, and Royals.

Jim Hickey steps down as Cubs’ pitching coach

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The Cubs announced on Tuesday that Jim Hickey has stepped down as the pitching coach due to personal reasons. The club will begin a search for a replacement.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said in a statement, “Jim Hickey notified us yesterday of his decision to step down as pitching coach and leave the organization for personal reasons. We thank Jim for his season with the Cubs and his positive impact on our pitchers. Jim has our full support and we all wish him well.”

Hickey, 57, spent over a decade as a coach in the Rays organization before joining the Cubs for the past season, reuniting with Joe Maddon. The Cubs’ starting staff ranked 10th among all 30 teams with a 3.84 ERA and the bullpen posted an NL-best 3.35 ERA.