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The Cubs are interviewing Gabe Kapler

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The Cubs have moved pretty quickly in conducting interviews for their vacant manger position. So far they have met with their first-base coach Will Venable, former Yankees manager and former Cubs player Joe Girardi, current Cubs front office assistant and former Cubs catcher David Ross, and current bench coach Mark Loretta.

Add two more, each of whom, it was reported today, the Cubs plan to interview as soon as possible: Astros bench coach Joe Espada and recently-fired Phillies manager Gabe Kapler.

Espada is busy with the ALCS right now, but would presumably be allowed to speak with the Cubs either on an off day or once the series concludes. Kapler, obviously, has more free time on his hands at the moment.

Kapler has already been reported to be on the Giants’ radar, as Giants president Farhan Zaidi was a fan of his when they both worked for the Dodgers. The Cubs’ bosses, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, know Kapler from his time as a Red Sox player in the early-to-mid 2000s and from his one season as a minor league manager in the Red Sox system during a break in his playing career.I’d guess that Kapler’s less-than-stellar two seasons with the Phillies would be more relevant than that, but who knows?

Brewers sign Freddy Peralta to a multi-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a five-year $15.5 million deal with pitcher Freddy Peralta. There are two club options as well, which would nearly double the overall value of the contract if exercised.

Peralta, who turns 24 in June, has amazing stuff. He has struggled so far, having posted a 4.79 ERA in 163.1 major league innings across two seasons, but people who follow him closely believe that he’s primed for a breakthrough. For now he’s a reliever — he’ll likely be a multi-inning fireman for the 2020 season — but he has was mostly a starter in his rookie year before assuming swingman duties last season. He could become one again if things break right in his development. Sort of a Brandon Woodruff track.

If that happens the Brewers will, quite obviously, have a bargain on their hands. If not, at least Peralta has some security on his.