Report: Pirates interested in bringing back Travis Snider

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Pirates GM Neal Huntington confirmed in an appearance on 93.7 The Fan that the team is interested in bringing back outfielder Travis Snider, as Dan Zangrilli reports. Snider was released by the Orioles on Saturday.

Snider, 27, hit a mediocre .237/.318/.341 with three home runs and 20 RBI with the Orioles, despite facing right-handed pitching in 83.5 percent of his 236 plate appearances.

The Pirates acquired Snider from the Blue Jays at the trade deadline in 2012. They traded him to the Orioles in January this year. He appeared to figure things out last year, batting .264/.338/.438 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 359 plate appearances, but he was unable to replicate it in 2015.

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.