Alex Cora named Astros bench coach

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The Houston Astros have named Alex Cora their new bench coach, Ken Rosenthal reports.

Cora played 14 seasons in the majors and has been a TV and radio analyst for ESPN and ESPN Deportes since he retired in 2012. He has been a candidate for multiple managerial gigs in the past couple of offseasons and has served as general manager for Puerto Rico’s Criollos de Caguas in the Caribbean Series. Cora replaces Trey Hillman, who left to manage the SK Wyverns in the Korea Baseball Organization.

In other news, scientists have announced that they are no more than two to three years away from discovering what, exactly, bench coaches do.

Dodgers sign Miguel Rojas to 1-year, $6M deal thru 2024

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with infielder Miguel Rojas on a one-year, $6 million deal that takes him through the 2024 season.

The contract includes a salary of $5 million in 2024 and a club option salary of $5 million in 2025 with a $1 million buyout and charitable contributions.

The 33-year-old Rojas was acquired last month from the Miami Marlins for minor league infielder Jacob Amaya. He returns to the Dodgers for the second time, having made 85 appearances with the club in 2014 as a rookie.

Rojas hit .236 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 140 games last season. He’s been in the majors for parts of nine seasons while playing five different defensive positions.