Let's check out a few teams from the Central Divisions of Specialties …
- A month after the end of their season, the Pirates took surprise decision to fire general manager Neil Huntington on Monday. There are already at least a few potential replacements for Huntington, for Jason Mackie in Pittsburgh after the newspaper, which cites Blue Jays senior vice president of player personnel Tony Lakawa, Yankee Mark DelPyano's assistant and Arvilent Assistant names that could be on the move. Whether the pirates hire a member of this group or someone else, that person will take over a small-market club that has come under fire for lack of cost. Owner Bob Natting addressed the criticism on Monday, telling Bill Brink of Post Newspaper and others, "The idea that we keep cash as a team is simply not accurate and we will find a more compelling and holistic way let's make sure it's a problem that's just not on the table. " Team President Travis Williams said in a statement that the pirates hoped to be" modeled after " clubs in similar markets that were able to consistently succeed, despite financial shortfalls.
- The Royals "will be as aggressive as salary cap will allow," when it comes to dealing with his bulpes this season, writes Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com. Left-hander Jake Dickman whom the Royals traded in athletics in July, could be a goal for the city of Kansas, for Flanagan. Diekman is enjoying his time at KC, which is close to his native Nebraska, and will return to the free agent market if A passes the expected $ 5.75MM buyout option for $ 500K. Dickman's control totally failed him in Auckland this season, but the stubborn 32-year-old was the least legitimate source of strikes as a Royals member, posting a 4.75 ERA with 13.6 K / 9 and 5.0 BB / 9 in 41 2 / 3 submissions.
- The Indians promoted Brian Sweeney to bull trainer, for Paul Hoyne of cleveland.com. He will take on Scott Atchison, whom manager Terry Francono fired earlier this month. The 45-year-old Sweeney is a former professional right fielder who will enter his third season as a member of the Cleveland coaching staff in 2020.