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Yankees sign Trevor Rosenthal

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The New York Yankees have signed free-agent reliever Trevor Rosenthal to a minor-league contract. That according to Andersen Pickard, whose report was subsequently confirmed by Jon Heyman.

Rosenthal was recently released by the Tigers, where he pitched in ten games, totaling nine innings, allowing eight runs of which seven were earned. His time in Detroit came after a disastrous stint with the Nationals, in which he allowed 16 runs on eight hits and 15 walks with five strikeouts in six and a third innings.

Why might the Yankees sign him? Why not? He’s almost free and, even if his 2019 results have been disastrous, he was once a top reliever. If they can fix him in the last couple of weeks of Scranton’s season or figure out what’s wrong with him down in Tampa or whatever, they’ll have something. If not, they’ll simply release him. In this it’s not all that different than their recent signings of a number of other journeyman relievers like David Hernandez and Ryan Dull.

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.