From Matt Eddy at Baseball America comes word that the Red Sox have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with infielder Jeff Bianchi. It presumably includes an invitation to major league spring training, where Bianchi will attempt to win a spot on Boston’s Opening Day roster.
The 28-year-old appeared in 29 games last season for the Brewers — primarily at shortstop and third base — but batted just .171/.203/.186 in 70 at-bats. He is a .216/.251/.283 career hitter in the bigs.
Boston also signed outfielder Blake Tekotte to a minor league deal, per Eddy. Tekotte was released by the Diamondbacks in August.
PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks extended manager Torey Lovullo’s contract through the 2024 season.
The deal is the third straight one-year extension for the longest-tenured manager in team history.
Lovullo is 446-483 in seven seasons, with one playoff appearance.
Lovullo led the Diamondbacks to the 2017 National League division series his first season and a winning record the next two. Arizona general manager Mike Hazen stuck with Lovullo after an injury-filled 110-loss season in 2021 and the Diamondbacks have enjoyed a resurgence this year.
The Diamondbacks enter against Atlanta 35-24, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the NL.