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Padres Set To Hire Matt Stairs As Next Hitting Coach

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After one season as the hitting coach for the Philadelphia Phillies, former big league journeyman Matt Stairs is taking the same role with the San Diego Padres, several sources reported on Friday.

The Padres are yet to make an official announcement.

Stairs, 49, played in parts of 19 Major League seasons for 13 different teams from 1992-2011. He was a career .262/.356/.477 hitter in 1,895 games with 262 homers and 899 RBIs.

This past season was the first for Stairs as a coach; and the Phillies saw their batting average jump 10 points from 2016, and their on-base-percentage 14 points.

San Diego had a miserable season at the plate in 2017, finishing dead-last in the majors in runs (604) and on-base percentage (.299), and third-to-last in slugging percentage (.393). With the positive impact Stairs made on the Phillies’ offense in 2017, the Padres hope for similar improvement in 2018 with Stairs at the helm.

Stairs played for the Padres in 2010 in his second-to-last season, hitting .232 with 6 homers and 16 RBIs in 99 at-bats.

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Mets Sign Ervin Santana

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The New York Mets have announced that they have come to terms with veteran right-hander Ervin Santana on a minor league contract.

The deal, which is pending a physical, will see Santana head to Port St. Lucie to being working towards his return to the majors.

Santana, 36, missed the majority of the 2018 season after undergoing surgery to repair a tendon in his right middle finger prior to the start of Spring Training, and leading the Minnesota Twins, his then-team, to decline a $14 million option on him back in November of 2018.

Prior to last season, Santana was a solid fixture in the Twins starting rotation for three seasons.

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Pirates’ Corey Dickerson To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Corey Dickerson

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson is expected to begin a rehab assignment with the team’s Triple A affiliate on Friday, according to an official team announcement.

Dickerson has been out of action with a shoulder strain since April 4th, leading to the team signing veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera, who has played well during his stint with the team.

The Pirates have seen strong play from their outfielders, both defensively and at the plate, so the pending return of Dickerson will further bolster what has become a strength of the team.

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Diamondbacks Promoting Kevin Cron

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are promoting corner infield prospect Kevin Cron to the major league level, according to 98.7 Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro.

Cron, 26, is a former 1st round pick, and has been putting up some \monster numbers with Triple-A Reno.

Cron has hit 21 home runs so far this season, to lead all of Minor League Baseball.

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