Report: Clint Hurdle will be back to manage Pirates in 2020

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The Pirates will finish the 2019 season in the cellar of the NL Central, ending a tumultuous season that saw several clubhouse incidents and instigation of HBP wars with other teams. It seemed like a foregone conclusion that manager Clint Hurdle would be fired and GM Neal Huntington might not be far behind him.

Surprisingly, Hurdle will be back managing the Pirates in 2020, The Athletic’s Stephen J. Nesbitt reports, and signs seem to indicate Huntington will be back as well.

The 62-year-old Hurdle has been with the Pirates since 2011, amassing a 732-719 (.504) regular season record. The Pirates made the postseason three years in a row from 2013-15 — losing the 2013 NLDS followed by the NL Wild Card game in the next two seasons — and haven’t been back since.

Hurdle is under contract through 2021, as is Huntington. Some big changes will have to be made to the team to not only improve the talent on the field, but the culture in the clubhouse. Hurdle said, “I’ve had more situations in the second half of this season than I had in 16 1/2 years of managing.”

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.