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Nationals Hire Former Diamondbacks Manager Chip Hale As Bench Coach

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The Washington Nationals recently hired former Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez to be their next manager. On Thursday, the team announced that Chip Hale will serve as Martinez’s bench coach.

Hale, 52, has plenty of prior coaching experience. He was a coach with the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2007-2009. Hale was also the third base coach for the New York Mets from 2010-2011. He then went over to the Oakland Athletics to serve as their bench coach for three seasons.

The Diamondbacks hired Hale to be their manager prior to the 2015 season. However, his managerial tenure with Arizona was largely unsuccessful. In two seasons with the Diamondbacks, Hale had a record of 148-176. He was fired after the 2016 season.

After being fired by the Diamondbacks, Hale was hired by the Athletics again. During the 2017 season, he served as their third base coach.

Given that Martinez is a first-time manager, it will be useful to have someone with managerial experience on his staff. Even though Hale was not able to succeed as a manager, he can still give Martinez insight on how to handle the job.

In addition to naming Hale the bench coach, the Nationals also announced on Thursday that Derek Lilliquist will serve as the team’s pitching coach. A former pitcher himself, Lilliquist was the pitching coach for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2012-2017.

After Thursday’s announcements, we now have a much better idea of what Martinez’s coaching staff will look like for the 2018 season.

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Brewers Discussing Trade for Will Smith

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The Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants have been in talks regarding a trade that would send left hander Will Smith back the Brewers, according to The Athletic’s Robert Murray.

Per the report, the Giants are interested in second base prospect Mauricio Dubon.

Smith has had a solid season in 2019, pitching to an impressive 2.17 ERA.

No deal is close as of this writing.

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Mets To Place Zack Wheeler On Injured List

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The New York Mets will place right hander Zack Wheeler on the injured list due to shoulder fatigue, according to Newsday’s Tim Healey.

In a corresponding move, the Mets will have left-hander Steven Matz start in place of Wheeler for tomorrow’s game.

Wheeler has been heavily linked in trade rumors, so it is unclear just how much this injury will impact his value on the trade market.

It is unclear just how long Wheeler will be out.

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Mets Shopping Noah Syndergaard

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The New York Mets will likely be big sellers at the deadline and it appears that they are shopping starter Noah Syndergaard.

According to Newsday’s Tim Healey, the Mets have discussed Syndergaard with around six teams, adding that there’s “minimal urgency” on the Mets’ part to trade Syndergaard.

Per the report, the Mets would need to be “wowed” in order to move Syndergaard.

Syndergaard, 26, isn’t having the kind of season he is accustomed to, pitching to the tune of a 4.68 ERA, and is posting other career-low numbers.

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