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Catcher Ryan Hanigan and reliever Heath Bell are eager to try to help the Tampa Bay Rays get back to the playoffs.
Tampa Bay sent minor league pitcher Justin Choate and a player to be named to the Diamondbacks. Arizona dealt left-hander David Holmberg to Cincinnati.
Here is one guy's attempt at coming up with something for every team, as in the spirit of the holiday, we should all be thankful.
The new spring training stadium for the Chicago Cubs is being called Cubs Park for now.
When the Washington Nationals tabbed Matt Williams as their new manager earlier this month, the club joined a growing trend among Major League Baseball teams: Hiring someone with extremely limited or no managerial experience at any level to run a team.
The new manager of the Washington Nationals, hired just last week, was a third-base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks when Wilson Ramos, now Williams' catcher, took his time trotting around the bases after a home run in a game in Phoenix more than two years ago. The fiery side of Williams erupted.
When he was earning Gold Gloves and making All-Star appearances and winning a World Series as a player, new Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams certainly made an impression on Jayson Werth.
More than a decade ago, when Matt Williams was still a third baseman, and Mike Rizzo was still climbing the front-office rungs, the future general manager thought he noticed the makings of a future skipper.
Matt Williams was a player for 17 years with three different teams and reached a World Series with all of them, winning one. He was a high draft pick, No. 3 overall in 1986. He has served as a broadcaster and, for the past four seasons, as a coach with the Arizona Diamondbacks. What he has not actually done is managed, a qualification that didn't deter Washington general manager Mike Rizzo from hiring him.
The 47-year-old has spent the past four seasons on the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff, the last three as third base coach. The former third baseman was a five-time All-Star during his 17-season career in the majors with the Giants, Indians and Diamondbacks. He retired in 2003.
If you are looking for signs of hope, the Nationals hiring Matt Williams is one of them – the players don't make the decisions. Nationals general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo does, and this one may be the most important of his tenure so far.
Nats GM Mike Rizzo does not expect to run the decision by his players. What he might find if he asked, though, is a group that already has a pretty good idea of who they'd like to lead them.
Todd Helton will retire at the end of the season after spending 17 years with the Colorado Rockies and setting franchise records in nearly every offensive category.
Kirk Gibson would like to have a private conversation with disgraced slugger Ryan Braun.
Braun accepted a 65-game suspension last month. The Milwaukee Brewers star apologized for "mistakes" but has yet to publicly admit to using performance-enhancing drugs.