Another Reds starter on the move, as Cincinnati has traded right-hander Alfredo Simon to Detroit for Eugenio Suarez and Jonathon Crawford.
Simon got his first full-time crack at a rotation spot this past season at age 32 and threw 196 innings with a 3.44 ERA while making his first All-Star team. However, his secondary numbers–including a 127/56 K/BB ratio–were nowhere near as impressive and he’ll be a free agent next offseason.
Simon replaces Rick Porcello in the Tigers’ rotation after they sent him to the Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes this morning.
Suarez made his MLB debut at age 22, struggling in 85 games for the Tigers, but he’s shown some offensive potential in the minors for a young shortstop. Crawford is considered a good but not great pitching prospect who spent this year at low Single-A.
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.