Phillies move Ben Revere to left field to make room for Odubel Herrera in center

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Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has officially moved Ben Revere to left field on a permanent basis, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports. He added that Odubel Herrera, a Rule 5 pick from the Rangers, would likely be in center field on Opening Day.

The move comes somewhat in response to Domonic Brown’s Achilles injury, which will probably keep him out of the Opening Day lineup and may result in a stint on the disabled list. Additionally, Revere has shown subpar defensive skills in center field. Despite his speed, he has taken odd routes to fly balls and has arguably the weakest arm among all outfielders in the majors. Herrera has been a second baseman by trade, but has racked up a fair share of innings in the outfield this spring. He’s also batting .321 through 56 at-bats, so the Phillies wanted to keep his bat in the lineup.

With Revere in left and Herrera in center, Darin Ruf or Grady Sizemore will probably end up in right field for the Phillies on Opening Day.

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.