Cubs hire Trammell as coach
Alan Trammell, fired last year as the manager of the Detroit Tigers, was hired Monday as the Chicago Cubs’ bench coach for Lou Piniella.
Trammell, a six-time All-Star shortstop during his playing career with the Tigers, agreed to a two-year deal. Piniella, hired a week ago, had already retained pitching coach Larry Rothschild.
The 48-year-old Trammell spent his 20-year big league career with the Tigers from 1977 to 1996.
While managing the Tigers from 2003 to 2005, Trammell compiled a 186-300 record, including a 43-119 record his first season.
Previously he was the first base coach for the San Diego Padres from 2000 to 2002.
The Angels requested waivers on outfielder Curtis Pride for the purpose of his unconditional release.
Pride split the season between triple-A Salt Lake and the Angels. He batted .311 with 54 runs scored, 18 doubles, eight home runs and 44 RBIs in 87 games with Salt Lake.
The Angels purchased his contract July 25, and he batted .222 with six runs scored, two doubles, a homer and two RBIs in 22 games.
The San Francisco Giants interviewed New York Mets third base coach Manny Acta about the club’s managerial opening.
Acta met with General Manager Brian Sabean and other team officials in San Francisco. Sabean also planned to talk to San Diego Padres Manager Bruce Bochy, though no meeting has been set.
Acta became the fourth person to interview with the Giants behind San Francisco bench coach Ron Wotus, Angels pitching coach Bud Black and Piniella.
New York Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado, catcher Paul Lo Duca, right-hander Aaron Heilman and infielder Chris Woodward all had surgery.
Delgado’s operation was on his right wrist because of carpal tunnel syndrome, and Lo Duca’s was for a ligament tear in his left thumb. Heilman’s surgery was for tennis elbow on his throwing arm, and the right-handed Woodward had an operation for a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Left-fielder Cliff Floyd is scheduled to have surgery on his left Achilles tendon Wednesday. Right-hander Roberto Hernandez is scheduled to have surgery on his right knee the same day.
Delgado is scheduled to have surgery again next Monday for tennis elbow in his right arm.
Each player is expected to be ready for spring training.
Boston Red Sox Manager Terry Francona withdrew from an All-Star tour of Japan because of a foot infection. A replacement was not named.
Francona has been hospitalized in California because of the infection in his left foot.
While a full recovery is expected, doctors said Francona won’t be able to travel to Japan because of the treatment he’ll undergo.
The Oakland Athletics released infielder D’Angelo Jimenez.... Veteran pitcher Jamie Moyer signed a $10.5-million, two-year contract extension with the Philadelphia Phillies.