Wally Backman resigned because he wants to manage/coach in the major leagues

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Wally Backman, the former manager of the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas, released a statement on Tuesday explaining why he chose to resign. Via ESPN’s Adam Rubin:

Backman says he “didn’t see a future at the major league level with the Mets.” He added, “My ultimate goal is to manage in the big leagues or to be hired in a major league coaching position…”

Though Backman is not known for holding back anything he’s feeling, his statement was pretty straightforward. He didn’t take any shots at the Mets organization or express any sour feelings about his lack of major league opportunities.

As Craig mentioned on Monday, Backman started out managing in the independent leagues and the low levels of the minors before rising to manage a Triple-A team. That looks quite good on a resume for a team looking to hire a new manager, especially an organization that feels a kick in the pants is just what it needs.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.