The Dbacks new head of analytics is not your stereotypical analyst


Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have hired a new head of analytics. His name is Ed Lewis and he’s not straight from central casting:

Lewis, 66, brings a unique background to the position. He was a veterinarian for 18 years and has traded “pretty aggressively” on the stock market since selling his practice.

He has no actual job experience in baseball operations but he has been a confidant and advisor to Tony La Russa for years. Going all the way back to his days with the White Sox, actually. Back then they were just friends who shared a love of animals. Later, when La Russa went to St. Louis, he began to help out with scouting and analysis and stuff.

I sorta love that this guy is neither your stereotypical baseball man nor your stereotypical analyst. He wasn’t a salaried scout. He isn’t some early-30s data guy who can be made into some “geek” caricature by some lazy columnist. He’s just a smart guy who, for a couple of decades, has been a trusted advisor to a Hall of Fame baseball mind. Now, at 66, he has a formal gig.

Baseball is better when it’s weird.


White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.