Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that free agent right-hander Brandon Beachy has settled on a team. There are apparently only some minor details to work out.
No word yet on the identity of Beachy’s new team, but Wolfson writes that it’s not the Twins. The Braves and Rangers reportedly dropped out of the running earlier this month.
Beachy is coming back from his second Tommy John surgery and likely won’t be ready until sometime in May at the earliest, so he’ll almost certainly have to settle for an incentive-laden deal. The 28-year-old owns a 3.23 ERA with 9.2 K/9 across 46 starts in the majors, but he has made just five starts since June 16, 2012.
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.