Connect with us

National League

Nationals Hire Former Diamondbacks Manager Chip Hale As Bench Coach

Published

on

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.

National League

Phillies Sign Aaron Nola to Contract Extension

Published

on

The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a long-term contract extension with right hander Aaron Nola.

The new deal is four-years and $45 million and includes a club option as well as a $2 million signing bonus.

Nola, 25, pitched to the tune of a 2.37 ERA last season.

Continue Reading

National League

Bryce Harper Not Interest in Short Team Deal

Published

on

When it comes to the market for free agent superstar Bryce Harper, teams won’t be able to bring him in on a short-term, lucrative contract.

Harper isn’t interested.

According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Harper is not “even considering” a short-term deal, even as the market for he and Manny Machado continues to stay in a holding pattern.

There has been chatter that neither superstar will fetch the $300 million deals that they had been seeking.

According to USA Today’s Bob Nigtengale, the San Francisco Giants have plans on offering “a lucrative short-term deal” but did not want “to provide a long-term contract approaching the 10-year, $300 million contract Harper rejected from the Washington Nationals in September.”

Harper has been linked to a number of teams, so it’s unclear where he will land, and he still could return to the Washington Nationals.

However, I think that the New York Yankees, despite their public comments otherwise, may come in during the final minutes to scoop up Harper.

Continue Reading

National League

Mets’ Jacob deGrom Puts Deadline on Contract Talks

Published

on

New York Mets ace and reigning National League Cy Young award winner Jacob deGrom is putting pressure on the organization when it comes to hammering out a new deal.

deGrom is set to hit free agency following the 2020 season and the 30-year old wants to lock in a new, long-term contract, and isn’t waiting around too long to get it.

According to the New York Post’s Mike Puma, deGrom and his reps have informed team officials he will not negotiate a new deal during the season and have set a deadline to complete a deal by Opening Day.

The clock is ticking.

Per the report, deGrom seeks a contract that would buy out his remaining arbitration year and extend his agreement with the club long term.

Continue Reading

Trending