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Cardinals trade Tommy Pham to the Rays

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports that the St. Louis Cardinals have traded Tommy Pham to the Tampa Bay Rays. He says that Genesis Cabrera, Justin Williams and Roel Ramirez are headed to St. Louis. The Rays are also expected to receive international bonus money in the deal.

Pham, 30, is hitting .248/.331/.399 this year. It’s a disappointment following his outstanding 2018 season in which he hit .306/.411/.520 with 23 homers and garnered some MVP votes. A change of scenery may do him some good while also freeing up playing time for Harrison Bader in the Cardinals’ outfield rotation which has been somewhat unsettled for most of the season.

Cabrera is a 21-year-old pitcher, currently in Double-A. Williams is an outfielder, originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second round in 2013. He’s played in one big league game and is currently batting .258/.313/.376 at Triple-A Durham. Ramirez is a righty, currently plying his trade in high-A ball.

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.