Brandon Beachy won’t sign until closer to spring training


It was reported over the weekend that free agent right-hander Brandon Beachy had decided on a team. However, it appears that either talks fell apart or there was a change of plans….

Beachy, 28, missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery and became a free agent when he was non-tendered by the Braves in December. He’s still just 10 months removed from surgery and likely won’t be ready to contribute at the major league level when the season begins, so there’s no rush for him to sign if he’s still in the process of building arm strength. Either way, he’ll likely have to settle for an incentive-laden deal.

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.