Red Sox hire Chili Davis as batting coach
Davis served in the same role with Oakland over the last three years, during which time the Athletics led all major league teams in walks and ranked fifth in runs scored. He returns to the organization after three years - Davis worked as batting coach with Triple-A Pawtucket in 2011.
Report: Mets targeting free agent OF Michael Cuddyer
Cuddyer is coming off an injury-plagued year, but still batted .332 with 10 home runs in 49 games. However, he hit .400 with six homers and 23 RBI in hitter-friendly Coors Field and .282 with four home runs and eight RBI on the road. Citi Field is considered far more of a pitcher's park.
Pablo Sandoval likely to receive qualifying offer from Giants
The two sides broke off contract talks in spring training. The team claimed its unwillingness to sign Sandoval for more than three years while he was seeking a nine-figure contract, per Heyman.
Several teams appear interested in Sandoval, including the Red Sox and Yankees, both of whom are seeking major upgrades at that position, as well as the Marlins.
Sandoval rebounded from a .171 start to the season to bat .279 with 16 home runs. He owns a .333 postseason batting average and is again thriving in that role in 2014.
Red Sox LHP Craig Breslow feels destined for free agency
The left-hander pitched 54 1/3 innings in 60 games for Boston and compiled a disturbing 5.96 ERA. He believes that last statistic will preclude the Sox from moving forward with him and will result in free agency.
"If you were to strictly look at 2014 with blinders without what had happened previously and what you might expect going forward, $4 million is probably a hefty price tag," he told WEEI.com. "But I think if (you) look at the body of work from 2008-13, you can better appreciate the pitcher I've been and the pitcher I will (be)."
Breslow, who yielded five runs without retiring a batter in his last appearance, performed well in the title season of 2013, compiling a 1.81 ERA in 61 games.
Brewers hire Darnell Coles as hitting coach
Coles played 14 season in the majors (1983-1995, 1997). He played for the Mariners, Tigers, Pirates, Blue Jays, Rockies, Giants, Cardinals and Reds. Coles had a career .245 average, .307 on-base percentage, .382 slugging percentage and .689 OPS.
Rockies not bringing back pitching, bullpen coaches
The Rockies had the worst ERA (4.86) in baseball and gave up a league-worst 5.05 runs per game. The Rockies also had the worst save percentage (48) in the majors.
Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum (back) headed for MRI
Twins' Chris Colabello set for MRI, X-rays on injured thumb
Braves name John Hart president of baseball operations
"I'm delighted that John Hart has agreed to accept the position of president, baseball operations," president John Schuerholz said, per the team's official website. "Our organization is now poised to move forward in the best possible manner to do the important work that lies ahead. John's credentials speak for themselves. He has had great success as a baseball executive and demonstrated remarkable ability to construct championship teams. We are excited by John's dynamic and positive leadership style and look forward to him leading our baseball operations."
Schuerholz named Hart the interim general manager when he dismissed Frank Wren in late September. Schuerholz had hoped Hart would assume the role on a full-time basis before accepting the president of baseball operations role.
The Braves will go without one person holding the title of general manager. However, Hart and assistant general manager John Coppolella will share the general manager responsibilities.
Tigers expected to keep Soria
Soria has a $7 million club option for next season. The team will need to make a decision on the option shortly after the end of the World Series. While general manager Dave Dombrowski said the final decision hasn't been made yet, he hinted at the club picking up Soria's contract. "It's a situation where we look at him as being an important acquisition toward this [coming] year also," Dombrowski said.
Soria posted a 3.25 ERA over 44 1/3 innings split between Texas and Detroit.
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