Rays choose 36-year-old Kevin Cash as their new manager

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Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash is the Rays’ pick to replace Joe Maddon as manager, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Cash was one of three finalists for the job along with Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu and not-yet-officially-retired player Raul Ibanez, but Ibanez removed himself from consideration due to personal reasons.

Cash is just 36 years old and last played in the majors with the Red Sox in 2010. He was a good-glove, no-hit catcher who logged parts of eight seasons in the big leagues with five different teams, never cracking 200 plate appearances in a season while batting .183 overall.

He retired following the 2011 season and took a scouting job with the Blue Jays before joining manager Terry Francona’s coaching staff in Cleveland for the 2013 season.

Reds sign Nicholas Castellanos to a four-year deal

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The Cincinnati Reds have signed outfielder Nicholas Castellanos to a multi-year deal. That’s the report from C. Trent Rosecrans and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Jon Morosi of MLB.com was the first to report the Reds as frontrunners. The deal is pending a physical. UPDATE: The deal is four years. Financial terms have yet to be reported.

With Castellanos in the fold the Reds are going to have a lot of outfielders when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton already on the roster. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps taking over short from Freddy Galvis, who could be dealt. Alternatively, the Reds could trade from their newfound outfield surplus.

Castellanos, however, will have left field to himself. While he’s shaky at best with the glove, he had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power.

Now that he’ll be playing in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.