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White Sox sign Johnny Giavotella

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The White Sox have inked free agent second baseman Johnny Giavotella to a minors deal, per an announcement from Double-A Birmingham on Saturday. He’s expected to continue at the Double-A level for the time being.

Giavotella, 30, was released by the Marlins in early May. He failed to impress in his first 10 games at Triple-A New Orleans, slashing just .214/.389/.250 wth one double and one stolen base in 36 plate appearances. The veteran infielder has not appeared in a major-league game since his seven-game stint with the Orioles back in 2017, during which he went 1-for-10 with a base hit and a stolen base.

The White Sox, of course, are hoping to see more of the .267-average,  1.5-fWAR player that dazzled with the Angels in 2015-16. At the very least, Giavotella is expected to provide some depth for a club that recently lost Yoan Moncada to a bout of hamstring tightness.

Ned Yost to retire as Royals manager

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The Kansas City Royals just announced that Ned Yost will retire following the final game of the season. Mike Matheny will take over as the Royals manager for the 2020 season.

Yost, 65, led the Royals to victory in the 2015 World Series and to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. He will retire as the winningest manager in Royals history. In ten years at the helm in Kansas City he is 744-836 with five games remaining. Before he managed the Royals he managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, compiling a 457-502 record. In all, he is 1,201-1,338. When he’s done on Sunday he will finish 32nd all-time in games managed with 2,544.

The Royals now will look for the man who will, hopefully, see the current rebuild through. Multiple reporters have cited former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as Yost’s likely replacement. He currently serves as a special advisor in the club’s player development department. He managed the Cards from 2012-18, winning the NL pennant in 2013 and finishing with a record of 591-474 in St. Louis.

Here is the Royals official statement on Yost’s retirement: