Tim Bogar was passed over for the Rangers’ full-time manager job after serving as the team’s interim manager down the stretch and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that he will not be a part of new manager Jeff Banister’s coaching staff.
Bogar served as former manager Ron Washington’s bench coach and then went 14-8 as interim manager for a team that had been horrible until that point.
However, after including Bogar among their three finalists for the job the Rangers opted instead for Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister, giving him a three-year contract.
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.
The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.
Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.
The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.
Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.