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Blue Jays bullpen coach Matt Buschmann steps down Report: Trey Mancini, Cubs agree to 2-year deal

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TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays are looking for a new bullpen coach.

The team announced that Matt Buschmann has decided to leave the organization to pursue other opportunities.

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Toronto also said it would announce its full coaching roster in the coming weeks.

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Buschmann, 38, joined the Blue Jays in 2018 and has also served as director of serve development since 2020.

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A former pitcher, Buschmann played from 2006 to 2016, most of that time in the minor leagues. In 2016, he played three games for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Trey Mancini and the Chicago Cubs agreed to a two-year deal, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The man spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement is pending a successful medical examination.

Mancini, a cancer survivor, helped the Houston Astros win the World Series last season after arriving from Baltimore on Aug. 1 in a three-team trade, including Tampa Bay.

He fought for the plate with Houston and finished the season hitting .239 with 18 home runs, 63 RBIs and a .710 OPS overall for the Orioles and Astros.

Mancini, who turns 31 in March, has a powerful right-handed bat and could be the Cubs’ go-to hitter. He plays at first base and in the corner of the field, which also gives Chicago a potential platoon partner for the new first baseman. Eric Hosmerleft-handed striker.

Mancini will be the latest free agent for active rookies this winter after they went 74-88 last year for the second consecutive losing season. They also added the Gold Glove shortstop. Dansby Swansonright-handed Jameson Tylonoutfielder Cody Bellingerpitcher Brad Boxberger and catcher Tucker Barnhart.

In five-plus seasons in the major leagues, Mancini is hitting .265 career batting points, 125 home runs and .787 batting per second.

He finished third in the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year with a vote for Baltimore, then batted .291 with 35 homers, 97 RBIs and a .899 OPS in 2019. But he was diagnosed with colon cancer the following year and missed the 2020 season while undergoing treatment. .

Mancini returned in 2021 and earned the AL Comeback Player of the Year award, hitting .255 with 21 homers, 71 RBIs and a .758 OPS in 147 games for the Orioles.

After being acquired by the Astros last year, Mancini hit just .176 with eight homers, 22 RBIs and a .622 OPS to become a part-time Houston player in October. He moved in and out of the roster to finish 1-for-21 with one RBI and eight strikeouts in his first playoff run, driving a single in the World Series decider against Philadelphia.

But he was forced to work late in Game 5, when the Golden Gloves were playing from first base. Julius Gurriel sprained his right knee, and Mancini, who took the field for the first time in a month, put on a terrific defensive performance that helped the Astros hold on to a 3-2 win.

After the season, Houston waived a $10 million option on Mancini’s contract in favor of a $250,000 buyout, making him a free agent.


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