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Gabe Kapler Hired By Phillies As New Manager

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The search for the 54th manager of the Philadelphia Phillies ended Monday, as the team agreed to terms with former Major League outfielder Gabe Kapler.

Since November 2014, Kapler has been the Director of Player Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

According to ESPN, Kapler was one of three finalists to replace Pete Mackanin as Phillies manager. The other two were recently fired Red Sox manager John Farrell, and Dustin Wathan, manager of the Phillies’ triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Kapler, 42, said the following in a statement:

“I’m equal parts honored, humbled and excited by the opportunity with the Phillies, an elite franchise in a city rich in history, tradition, sports excellence and with amazingly passionate fans. I believe there is no better place to build a winning environment, and I take that task very seriously.”

In parts of 12 Major League seasons for six teams from 1998-2010, Kapler hit .268/.329/.420 with 82 home runs; he also won a World Series ring in 2004 for the Red Sox.

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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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