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Indians hire Hawkins, Forman to fill assistant GM roles

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The Indians have named two assistant general managers for the upcoming 2017 season after former assistant GM Derek Falvey was hired by the Twins last month. Carter Hawkins, the Indians’ director of player development from 2015 to 2016, will share duties with former director of baseball operations Matt Forman.

According to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, Hawkins will continue to oversee the Indians’ player development department, while Forman will take on additional responsibilities in international and professional player acquisition. Hawkins’ experience with the farm system should mesh well with Forman’s extensive background in scouting, and both assistant GMs are expected to be heavily involved with the Indians’ leadership team.

The Indians have not yet announced whether they’ll hire or promote additional people to fill Hawkins’ and Forman’s former positions. Per Bastian’s report, the club does not expect Twins’ chief baseball officer Derek Falvey to target any members of Cleveland’s front office during the offseason.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”