The Dodgers and Phillies talked about Chase Utley


This is an ominous — or exciting, depending on your point of view — tweet:

That they have. Now, they still may make a Justin Turner and . . . someone, their platoon at second base.

But if they had a Rollins-Utley middle infield I think the collective Phillies Nation would plotz. Especially if they won something with them. Hell, at this point I want the Dodgers to trade for the entire Phillies roster with the exception of Ryan Howard and win the World Series. Mostly so I can see if Phillies fans would still defend Ryan Howard to me. I bet some would.

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.