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Blue Jays Firing John Gibbons At End of Season

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The Toronto Blue Jays are firing manager John Gibbons at the end of the season, according to FanCred’s Jon Heyman.

Heyman reports that one source called it “99.9 percent done” that Gibbons and the Blue Jays will go their separate ways, while adding that Gibbons and Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins have had multiple discussions during the season about an amicable divorce.

“We’ll sit down after the year and see what direction we’re going to go, myself included,” Gibbons told Heyman.

Gibbons, who is in his second tenure with the Jays, current deal is guaranteed through 2019 with a team option for 2020.

Toronto is currently 63-76 record, fourth place in the American League East, and sporting a .453 winning percentage that stands as the worst since 2012..

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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