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Pirates send prospect Shane Baz to the Rays to complete the Chris Archer trade

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When the Tampa Bay Rays sent starter Chris Archer to the Pittsburgh Pirates at the trade deadline they got back pitcher Tyler Glasnow, outfielder Austin Meadows and a player to be named later. Today that player was named: it’s pitching prospect Shane Baz. The completion of the deal was first reported by John Dreker of Pirates Prospects.

Baz, the Pirates top pick in the 2017 draft, is an excellent prospect, generally thought to be in the top-100 in all of baseball. He’s been at low-A Bristol this season, where he is 4-3 with a 3.97 ERA in ten starts with 54 strikeouts in 45.1 innings. Baz was just named Appalachian League pitcher of the week to boot after putting up two shutout appearances with outings of four and two-thirds and five scoreless on Monday and Saturday, respectively.

All in all that makes for an excellent haul for the Rays in the Archer deal. Which, given that Archer is under team control through the 2021 season, makes some sense.

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: