The Astros They do a pair of in-house promotions, as FOX 26’s Mark Berman reported (Via Twitter) that Charles Cook and Bill Ferkus were promoted to Assistant General Manager. Cook was the Senior Manager of Player Evaluation and has been a member of the organization since 2016, while Firkus has been with the Astros since 2013, taking a unique path to being an Assistant GM. Ferkus started with the team as a medical analyst and then worked as the director of sports medicine and performance at the Astros from 2015-19 before moving on to his job as senior director of baseball strategy.
Ferkus and fellow GM associate Andrew Ball now temporarily run the front office in Houston until a replacement for James Click can be found, according to Chandler Roma of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter link). Under Click, the Astros had two AGMs at Ball and Scott Powers, although the Powers launched yesterday shortly after news broke that Click would not return as GM. The promotions of two longtime employees at Cook and Firkus would likely be a step toward firing Ball as well, who previously worked with Click in Tampa Bay and had only been with the Astros organization for less than a year. Regardless, the controversy over the front office of the World Series champions will continue until a new head of baseball operations or GM is officially appointed.
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- The blue jays He had an interest in both Chris Martin And the David Robertson Ahead of the trade deadline, Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson Smith reports. Both shooters (then members of Cubs) were shipped in separate deals to Dodgers and Phillies, but Martin and Robertson are both free customers now and could once again be on Toronto’s radar. The collapse of the Bullpen in Game 2 of the AL Wild Card series made the Bullpen a special need for Jays, and to that end, Nicholson-Smith as well. Tweets That Toronto was “very serious” to pursue it Robert Suarez In free agency. However, the Blue Jays have not had a chance to move in the right direction, as Padres retained Suarez in a five-year, $46 million deal before the free agent market was officially opened to negotiations with other teams.
- even with Joy Bart Such as giantsBeginning with the catcher and a number of other options vying for the backup job, NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic hears that San Francisco is still looking for more depth behind the board. Dom Nunez And the Mipress Filoria They were recently added to the waiver claims, which puts them in a line (for now) to compete with Austin Wiens in spring training. Of course, the Giants are used to cycling between the players at the bottom of the roster, and there’s no guarantee that this impressive mix will last until after the November 15 deadline to set the 40-player rosters before the norm. 5 draft.
- The pirates Another team is looking for help, though.”In terms of resources, whether that’s finances or giving away talent, you’re probably not at the top of our priority listGM Ben Sherrington told Rob Bertempville of The Athletic and other reporters. This will also put Bucs in line for depth options, with a new catcher or two to contend with. Tyler HeinemannAnd the Ali SanchezAnd the Jason Delay in camp. In the big picture, the hacker keeps his eye-catching depth chart clear of the higher possibilities Henry Davis, who debuted in Double-A last season. Davis is expected to arrive at Triple-A in 2023 and may be in line to get to the majors before the season ends, if all goes well.
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