Diamondbacks acquire Blake Tekotte from the White Sox for cash

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The Diamondbacks have acquired outfielder Blake Tekotte from the White Sox in exchange for cash considerations, J.J. Stankevitz of CSN Chicago reports. Tekotte will report to Triple-A Reno. In a related move, the White Sox promoted 2009 first round pick Jared Mitchell to Triple-A Charlotte.

Tekotte hasn’t played in the majors this season. In 318 plate appearances with Charlotte, the 27-year-old posted a .251/.324/.438 line with 11 home runs and 35 RBI.

Mitchell, 25, began the season at Triple-A but struggled, striking out in exactly half of his 156 at-bats. He was demoted to Double-A Birmingham and had more success, slashing .299/.367/.561 with 10 home runs and 20 RBI.

The Dodgers do not have a general manager, but they have an assistant general manager

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LAS VEGAS — Farhan Zaidi left his job as the general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers to become the president of baseball operations for the San Francisco Giants. While Dodgers president Andrew Friedman remains at the top of the baseball operations department, Zaidi’s departure has left the Dodgers without a general manager. It happens. It also happens that the Dodgers do not plan to replace Zaidi with a new general manager any time soon. They just said so last week.

They do, however, have an assistant general manager now. It’s Jeff Kingston, late of the Seattle Mariners, where he served as Jerry Dipoto’s assistant. Now he is an assistant with no one, nominally, to assist. Seems like some sort of dividing by zero error, philosophically speaking, but we’ll just assume it’ll sort itself out.

Two less cosmic takeaways from this: 1. Kingston is an analytics guy who has typically advised the wheeler-dealer — Dipoto — so it’s fairly safe to assume he’ll do that in Los Angeles too; and 2. that a team is happy to proceed without a general manager should tell you where general managers, well, in general, stand in this age of title inflation in baseball front offices.

I imagine that, after some time in the organization, Kingston will be named the actual general manager with no real change in his duties, further underscoring that, in this day and age, the title of GM is like the value of a Zimbabwean dollar.