Rangers designate Austin Jackson for assignment

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The Texas Rangers designated Outfielder Austin Jackson for assignment.

This after just acquiring him from the Giants two days ago in the trade that also netted them Cory Gearrin. Of course it was likely by design, with the Giants requiring Texas to take Jackson in the deal in order to allow them to get Gearrin. At the time of the trade, Rangers GM Jon Daniels reportedly told the outfielder to hold off on reporting to the club because he may try to flip him sooner rather than later. Guess it was sooner.

Jackson, 31, was batting just .242/.309/.295 through 165 plate appearances this season with San Francisco and will likely pass through waivers unclaimed because he’s owed around $4.5 million on the two-year, $6 million deal he signed before the season.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.