Huston Street hired an agent for the first time since 2012 to negotiate an extension with the Angels

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Huston Street has represented himself without an agent since 2012, but since he’s still in contract extension talks with the Angels and the season has started the veteran closer has hired agent Alan Hendricks to do the negotiating.

There was some speculation that the Angels were waiting to finalize a deal with Street until they got a ruling on a potential refund for Josh Hamilton’s salary, but now that they won’t be getting any of that money back the talks with Street can continue ahead of his free agency next offseason.

Street saved 17 games with a 1.71 ERA for the Angels after coming over from the Padres in mid-July and has a 1.97 ERA in 155 innings during the past three seasons. At age 31 he’s been a high-level closer for a decade and figures to be looking for something in the same range David Robertson (four years, $46 million) got from the White Sox this winter.

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.