Dodgers demote Mat Latos to the bullpen

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Right-hander Mat Latos has allowed 12 runs in 14.2 innings for the Dodgers since they acquired him from the Marlins on July 30 and now he’s being demoted to the bullpen.

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers will skip Latos’ next two turns in the rotation, taking advantage of the schedule allowing them to use a four-man rotation for two weeks. Alex Wood, not Latos, will be the fourth starter during that time behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and Brett Anderson.

For now Latos’ next start is penciled in for August 29. Not quite how he probably envisioned things going with free agency around the corner.

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.