Chip Hale joins the Athletics as a third base coach

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The Athletics announced on Tuesday afternoon that Chip Hale has joined the organization as a third base coach. “We’re thrilled to bring Chip back to the organization and to retain the rest of our coaching staff,” GM David Forst said.

Hale, 51, was fired as the manager of the Diamondbacks earlier this month along with GM Dave Stewart. Over two seasons, he led the club to a 148-176 (.457) record with a third and a fourth place finish.

Hale had previously served as bench coach for the A’s from 2012-14. He also worked with A’s manager Bob Melvin in 2006 when he managed the D’Backs.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.