The Rangers to hire Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as manager

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Most of the chatter before today was that interim manager Tim Bogar was the favorite to take over as the next Rangers manager. Now Ken Rosenthal reports that it’s Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister:

Banister has been the Pirates bench coach for the past four seasons. He has been with the Pirates since he was drafted by them in 1986. He got one major league at bat with them and it was a hit. So he has a career 1.000 batting average. Which is pretty sweet.

After his playing career ended at the end of the 1993 season he became a full-time coach and manager in the Pirates system and has held various positions in the organization since. The Rangers job will be his first for anyone other than the Pirates.

In an age where teams are hiring former big leaguers with no experience, the Rangers have gone decidedly old school here and hire someone who not only worked their way up through the system, but lived, breathed and basically became one with the system over decades.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.