The Giants are making a push for Cole Hamels now? That doesn’t make a ton of sense.


Though the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Diamondbacks, and Astros have all been mentioned as possible landing sports for Cole Hamels, the Dodgers are thought to be one of the stronger contenders for his services.They may have some more competition, however, and from a most unwelcome source:

At the moment San Francisco is only a half game back of the Dodgers, so if they got Hamels it would not only help them out but it would hit the Dodgers hard too. Fun times.

But this doesn’t make a ton of sense, as just yesterday Rosenthal himself noted that San Francisco may not have the prospects required to get Carlos Gomez of all people, so a Hamels deal seems like it’d be way too hard to swing.

But hey, the more suitors the merrier. And if it drives the price up for the Dodgers, the Giants — and the Phillies — may find that to be merrier.

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.