Elvis Andrus has lost 10 pounds, plans to lose 10 more

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Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus told the media on Friday that he has already lost 10 pounds and plans to lose 10 additional pounds, as Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Obviously, it remains to be seen how the weight loss will affect Andrus, who is listed at six feet, 200 pounds on his Baseball Reference page. Among qualified shortstops, Derek Jeter was the only one to hit for less power than Andrus going by isolated power, which is slugging percentage minus batting average. Jeter came in at .057 while Andrus was found at .069. The major league average at shortstop was .112. To give a sense of scale, Edwin Encarnacion led baseball in ISO at .279. Ben Revere brought up the rear, slightly behind Jeter at .055.

In his six-year career, Andrus has yet to post an OPS better than .727. He fell all the way down to .647 during the 2014 season, and was only 27-for-42 stealing bases. He led the league having been caught stealing 15 times.

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.