Reds name a new GM, Walt Jocketty remains head of baseball operations

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In yet another move resulting from title inflation in major league front offices, the Cincinnati Reds have named Dick Williams their new general manager. Former GM Walk Jocketty retains his title of president of baseball operations and will continue to oversee baseball ops for the Reds.

Jocketty described this as part of a “succession plan,” and the 64-year-old Jocketty is expected to step down and into an advisory role after one more year at the helm. Williams, 44, the son of one of the Reds’ owners, could very well ascend once Jocketty steps down.

Braves sign veteran right-hander Tomlin to minor league deal

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The Atlanta Braves have signed right-hander Josh Tomlin to a minor league contract with an invitation to the team’s major league camp.

The 34-year-old Tomlin, who was released by Milwaukee on Wednesday, had a 6.14 ERA in 32 games, including nine starts, with Cleveland in 2018. Tomlin was 61-53 with a 4.77 ERA in nine seasons with the Indians.

Tomlin was 2-1 with a 4.80 ERA in five games with the Brewers this spring after joining the team on a minor league deal.

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