Astros agree to terms with No. 5 overall pick Kyle Tucker

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The Astros announced today that they agreed to terms with high school outfielder Kyle Tucker, who was selected No. 5 overall in last week’s First-Year Player Draft.

Jonathan Mayo of reports that Tucker will receive a $4 million bonus. Baseball America notes that the pool value for the No. 5 pick is $4,188,700, so the Astros have some additional wiggle room for their other picks. The Astros have the largest bonus pool for their picks this year, but they’re going to need it to sign the likes of No. 2 overall pick Alex Bregman (compensation for failing to sign last year’s No. 1 pick Brady Aiken) and No. 37 overall pick Daz Cameron.

Tucker, 18, is the younger brother of current Astros outfielder Preston Tucker. Astros director of amateur scouting Mike Elias said they think Tucker is “one of the premier bats of this year’s draft class and has the ability to hit in the heart of our lineup in the future.”

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.