Quick Hits: Astros, Blue Jays, Martin, Robertson, Suarez, Giants, Pirates

Quick Hits: Astros, Blue Jays, Martin, Robertson, Suarez, Giants, Pirates

The Astros are doing a pair of internal promotions, as FOX 26’s Mark Berman reports (by Twitter) that Charles Cook and Bill Firkus are each promoted to assistant general manager. Cook was the senior director of player evaluation and has been with the organization since 2016, while Firkus has been with the Astros since 2013, taking a unique path to the assistant general manager role. Firkus started with the team as a medical analyst, then worked as the Astros’ director of sports medicine and performance from 2015 to 2019 before taking on his role as senior director of baseball strategy.

According to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter link). Under Click, the Astros held two general meetings in Ball and Scott Powers, although Powers was fired yesterday shortly after news broke that Click would not be returning as general manager. It’s possible the promotions of two longtime employees of Cook and Firkus are also a step toward ousting Ball, who previously worked with Click in Tampa Bay and has only been part of the Astros organization for less than a year. year. Either way, there will continue to be a lot of controversy surrounding the front office of the World Series champions until a new president of baseball operations or GM is officially hired.

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  • The blue jays was interested in both Chris Martin and David Robertson before the trade deadline, reports Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith. Both pitchers (then members of the Cubs) were shipped off in separate trades to the Dodgers and Phillies, but Martin and Robertson are both free agents now and could possibly be on Toronto’s radar again. The collapse of the bullpen in Game 2 of the AL Wild Card Series made the bullpen a special need for the Jays, and to that end, Nicholson-Smith also tweet that Toronto was ‘very serious’ about pursuing Robert Suarez in free agency. However, the Blue Jays weren’t given a chance to move down the right as the Padres signed Suarez to a five-year, $46 million deal before the free agent market officially opened for contract negotiations. other teams.
  • Even with Joey Bart as the giantsStarting receiver and a number of other options competing for backup work, NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic hears that San Francisco is still looking for more depth behind the plate. Dom Nunez and Meibrys Vilorie were both recently added to waiver requests, bringing them online (for now) to rival austin wynn in spring training. Of course, the Giants have become accustomed to scouring players at the back of their roster, and there’s no guarantee that this contagious mix will last even past the Nov. 15 deadline to build 40-player rosters before Rule. 5 draft.
  • The pirate are another team looking for help catching, however”in terms of resources, whether it’s financial resources or letting go of talent, it’s probably not high on our list of prioritiesgeneral manager Ben Cherington told The Athletic’s Rob Biertempfel and other reporters. It would also put the Bucs in line for depth options, with a new receiver or two competing with Tyler Heineman, Ali Sanchezand Jason Late in the field. Overall, the Pirates keep the catching depth chart clear for the top prospect Henry Davis, who made his Double-A debut last season. Davis is expected to reach Triple-A in 2023 and could be in line to make it to the majors before the end of the season, if all goes well.

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