REPORT: The Astros to name A.J. Hinch their new manager today

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The Astros are going to announce their new manager today at 5:30. Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle says that man will be A.J. Hinch.

Hinch is a former catcher and managed the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009 and 2010. Since then he’s been in the Padres front office in a scouting and assist GM capacity. The Arizona stint ended badly — there were reports of a clubhouse revolt, and Hinch himself has said that the focus tended to be on his lack of experience and that it created hostility — but 2009 is a very different time than 2014 for managers. Then, a young, inexperienced skipper like Hinch was rather unheard. These days there are TONS of guys who fit the profile Hinch fit in 2009. Former players with little experience, being plugged in to the GM’s system.

And of course, Hinch has has last experience and whatever experience he has gained in the San Diego front office to aid him. The Cubs interviewed him last year when their job was vacant, so baseball has not decided he doesn’t get a second chance. And now, it seems, he’ll get that second chance.

Gallegos agrees to 2-year, $11M contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.