Mets hire Allard Baird as VP of scouting and player development

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The New York Mets have hired Allard Baird as their new VP of scouting and player development. He’ll assist new GM Brodie Van Wagenen.

Most of you probably remember Baird as the general manager for the Kansas City Royals in the early 2000s. That’s back when the Royals lost 100 games or more four times in the span of five seasons. Baird took a lot of the blame for that before he left town. If that’s all you know about Baird, however, you don’t know the whole story.

The whole story involves (a) the Royals being a total train wreck of an organization before Baird even got the gig, making his job a rather hopeless one, even if he made missteps of his own; and (b) Baird leaving Kansas City and getting hired by the Red Sox, where he has served admirably for the past 12 years. In that time, of course, the Sox have won three World Series titles, with Baird’s scouting expertise a key part of all of that.

Which is to say that this is a good hire by the Mets.

Report: Red Sox sign Kenley Jansen to 2-year, $32 million deal

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SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.

The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.

Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.

Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.

Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.

His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.