Kevin Cash is the new manager of the
The team announced the former
Cash, who turns 37 on Saturday, has no previous managerial experience. The former big-league catcher, who appeared in 13 games with Tampa Bay in 2005, served as Cleveland's bullpen coach for the past two seasons and becomes the youngest active manager in the majors.
Maddon opted out of his contract with Rays on Oct. 24, later joining the
Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said Cash's "energy and dynamic personality will fit seamlessly with our clubhouse."
The New York Yankees made their first big moves to reshape for 2015, agreeing Friday to a $36 million, four-year contract with reliever
Miller's acquisition gives the Yankees a bit of insurance in case they don't re-sign closer
A 29-year-old left-hander, Miller held opponents to a .153 average this year while going 5-5 with a 2.02 ERA for Boston and Baltimore. He joins a bullpen that includes hard-throwing right-hander
Gregorius, a 24-year-old left-handed hitter, becomes the favorite to take over at shortstop following the retirement of Yankees captain Derek Jeter.
In his first duties as a special assistant to the president and general manager, Ryan Dempster is trying to recruit marquee free agent left-handed pitcher Jon Lester to the Cubs.
"Jon and I have talked about how great it is to play here," Dempster said Friday shortly after retiring as a player with the Cubs and taking over his new duties under Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. "He knows that. He has an extremely tough decision ahead, but whatever the decision will be, hopefully it's here with the Chicago Cubs because he won't be disappointed. Hopefully, we're lucky enough to have him with us."