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Brewers, Avisaíl García agree to two-year, $20 million deal

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Jon Heyman reports that the Brewers and free agent outfielder Avisaíl García have agreed on a two-year, $20 million contract.

García, 28, spent the past season with the Rays after inking a one-year deal worth $3.5 million. He was about average, going by Baseball Reference’s Wins Above Replacement. He put up 2.0 WAR, exactly what an average player would produce. García hit .282/.332/.464 with 20 home runs, 72 RBI, 61 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases across 530 plate appearances.

García will handle left field for the Brewers, joining an outfield that features Lorenzo Cain in center and Christian Yelich in right. Despite that outfield, the Brewers still have a lot of work to do to return the roster to a highly competitive level, so the club is almost certainly not done tinkering this offseason.

Heyman points out that García actually turned down a three-year deal from the Brewers because the collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2021 season. García is hoping to have two good years, then get a better contract under a new CBA.

Red Sox hire Jerry Narron as bench coach

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The Red Sox announced that Jerry Narron will be the team’s bench coach this year.

Narron will join interim manager Ron Roenicke in the dugout to lead Boston’s coaching staff. The two previously worked together in the same roles from 2011 to 2015, during Roenicke’s tenure as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. Narron most recently spent the last three years as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks. He also has managerial experience with both the Rangers (2001-2002) and Reds (2005-2007).

The Mets reportedly considered hiring Narron this winter as a possible bench coach for then-manager Carlos Beltran, before ultimately going with Hensley Meulens.

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