The Baltimore Orioles hired Brandon Hyde to be their new manager Friday, hoping his experience as Cubs bench coach will help the team move forward while in rebuilding mode.
Hyde takes over for Buck Showalter, who was fired after Baltimore finished 47-115 — the worst record in the majors. This will be Hyde’s first stint as a major league manager.
The 45-year-old Hyde was selected by general manager Mike Elias, who began an extensive search for Showalter’s replacement after being hired last month to replace Dan Duquette. (AP)
Padres, Kinsler have deal • San Diego agreed to terms with Ian Kinsler on a two-year contract. Multiple reports have the value of the deal with the Padres at $8 million.
The 36-year-old is expected to fill a variety of roles for the Padres, with third base among the positions he will play in spring training. (The San Diego Union-Tribune)
White Sox get McCann • The Chicago White Sox agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract with catcher James McCann.
The 28-year-old McCann hit .220 with eight homers and 39 RBIs in 118 games last season with Detroit. The rebuilding Tigers didn’t offer him a contract for the 2019 season, making him a free agent. (AP)
More surgery for 3B Chapman • Oakland third baseman Matt Chapman had surgery on his left shoulder, his second operation this offseason, and is sidelined for at least six weeks.
Chapman batted .278 with 24 home runs. He won his first Gold Glove and finished seventh in AL MVP voting. (AP)
Red Sox, Yankees to play in London • The World Series champion Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will play Major League Baseball’s first series in Britain next season games on June 29 and 30 at London’s Olympic Stadium. (AP)