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Rays option Brendan McKay

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Rays top prospect Brendan McKay is headed back to Triple-A Durham after a brief stint in the majors, the club announced Saturday. McKay’s roster spot will be taken by right-handed reliever Ian Gibaut, who is likely to make his MLB debut sometime during the weekend series against the Yankees.

It won’t be a long demotion for the talented southpaw/DH. According to comments made by manager Kevin Cash, McKay will be recalled in time for the Rays’ upcoming doubleheader after the All-Star Break. The 23-year-old McKay has proven potential at the minor-league level, but hasn’t seen enough playing time to translate those results to the majors just yet, with three runs, one walk, and six strikeouts scattered over his first 11 innings in 2019. He’s gone hitless in four at-bats as well.

In his absence, 25-year-old reliever Gibaut will step up for the Rays. MLB Pipeline ranked Gibaut no. 24 among the club’s current pool of top prospects, though like McKay, he’s also seen precious little playing time this year. Distinguished by an impressive fastball-slider-changeup combo, the righty has delivered two earned runs, eight walks, and 17 strikeouts in just 11 innings across Double-A and Triple-A so far.

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: