Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners have signed outfielder Endy Chavez to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. He adds that they’re close to signing outfielder Franklin Gutierrez as well, likely to a minor league deal with a spring training invitation.
Chavez, 37 in February, batted .276/.317/.371 in 252 plate appearances for the Mariners last season. He’ll add versatility with his ability to play all three outfield positions.
Gutierrez, 32 in February, sat out the 2014 season with gastrointestinal issues. In 2013, he hit .248/.273/.503 with 10 home runs and 24 RBI in 151 plate appearances. Gutierrez, too, can play all three outfield positions.
The Kansas City Royals just announced that Ned Yost will retire following the final game of the season. Mike Matheny will take over as the Royals manager for the 2020 season.
Yost, 65, led the Royals to victory in the 2015 World Series and to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. He will retire as the winningest manager in Royals history. In ten years at the helm in Kansas City he is 744-836 with five games remaining. Before he managed the Royals he managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, compiling a 457-502 record. In all, he is 1,201-1,338. When he’s done on Sunday he will finish 32nd all-time in games managed with 2,544.
The Royals now will look for the man who will, hopefully, see the current rebuild through. Multiple reporters have cited former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as Yost’s likely replacement. He currently serves as a special advisor in the club’s player development department. He managed the Cards from 2012-18, winning the NL pennant in 2013 and finishing with a record of 591-474 in St. Louis.
Here is the Royals official statement on Yost’s retirement: