Report: Diamondbacks to name next general manager on Thursday

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According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Diamondbacks plan to announce their next general manager on Thursday. Former major league pitcher and current player agent Dave Stewart is viewed as the overwhelming favorite for the job, but Dodgers assistant general manager DeJon Watson is still in the running. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman hears that Red Sox vice president of player personnel Allard Baird is also under consideration.

The Diamondbacks originally interviewed nine candidates for the job. New chief baseball officer Tony La Russa managed Stewart with the A’s and apparently values his varied experience, which also includes work as a pitching coach with the Padres, Brewers, and Blue Jays and as an assistant GM with Toronto. Watson has been with the Dodgers for seven years and worked as scouting and farm director before moving to his current position. Baird was previously the general manager of the Royals from 2000-2006.

Nightengale also reports that the Diamondbacks plan to promote scouting director Ray Montgomery. He goes on to speculate that this could result in a structure that would keep former general manager Kevin Towers with the organization, but we should have more clarity on the situation in the next few days.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”