Phillies sign relievers Andrew Bailey, Edward Mujica

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Looking to add some veteran bullpen options, the Phillies have agreed to minor-league contracts with right-handers Andrew Bailey and Edward Mujica.

Bailey won the Rookie of the Year award and made two All-Star teams in his first two seasons with the A’s, but he’s basically been injured every year since then. He hasn’t thrown more than 30 innings in a season since 2011 and totaled just nine innings for the Yankees this year after not appearing in the majors at all in 2014. He does still have some upside at age 32, but teams have been saying that about Bailey for a long time now without much payoff.

Mujica split 2015 between the Red Sox and A’s, logging a total of 47 innings with a 4.75 ERA and 30/7 K/BB ratio. His durability is sometimes an issue and his strikeout rate has dipped in recent years, but the 32-year-old former All-Star has pinpoint control and a combined 3.53 ERA in 477 innings since 2009.

Philadelphia previously signed right-handers David Hernandez and Ernesto Frieri, so the Phillies have no shortage of experience among bullpen options.

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.