Dan Haren will “probably” retire after the season

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Cubs pitcher Dan Haren, acquired in a trade with the Marlins on Friday, is likely to retire after the season, MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports. Upon arriving in Milwaukee with his new team, he informed Twitter that he’d be wearing the number 50, noting that it was his first number and “probably” his last.

Muskat has the quotes:

“I would say right now the chances are this will probably be it,” Haren said. “I don’t want to say this is it and pull a Brett Favre. That’s why I said ‘probably’ [on Twitter]. At least I leave myself a little way out.

“Chances are this is it,” he said. “After the season, I’ll relax and see where I’m at. I definitely want to make a push to get to where this team wants to go.”

Haren will make his Cubs debut on Wednesday against the Pirates. The veteran of 13 seasons carries a 3.42 ERA with an 88/25 K/BB ratio over 129 innings.

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.