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Padres fire hitting coach Matt Stairs

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The Padres are firing hitting coach Matt Stairs and infield coach Josh Johnson.

In 2018 the Padres were 13th in the National League in runs scored, 13th in slugging, 13th in OPS, 12th in OPS+ and dead last in on-base percentage.

That’s not good, but it’s also worth noting that Stairs was the ninth hitting coach the perpetually-punchless Padres have had in the 15 seasons they’ve played in Petco Park. Hitting coaches are often the fall guy when a team doesn’t perform offensively, but at some point — and I’d say after hitting coach seven or eight maybe — perhaps someone should acknowledge that the club (a) plays in a challenging hitter’s environment; and (b) has not always had great offensive talent and that, maybe, it’s not the hitting coach’s fault.

Beyond stairs and Johnson, it appears that the Padres coaching staff will remain intact.

Asdrubal Cabrera signs with the Texas Rangers

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Texas Rangers have signed infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year deal, pending a physical. He’ll be paid $3.5 million, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. Rosenthal reports that Cabrera will primarily play third base, replacing Adrian Beltre, who has retired.

It’s a fairly low price given that Cabrera hit 23 homers and posted a line of .262/.316/.458 (112 OPS+) between the Mets and Phillies last season but, as is the case with so many other veteran free agents, there did not appear to be much of a market developing for his services. He’ll at least get a lot of playing time in Texas, it would seem.