The Texas Rangers hired Mike Maddux as their new pitching coach and added the former general manager of the Kansas City Royals. Dayton Moore as a senior advisor in their baseball operations department.
Maddux returns to Texas to work for new manager Bruce Bochi. Maddux served as the Rangers’ first pitching coach from 2009 to 2015, when they only played two World Series games. He spent the last five seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals and has been on 11 playoff teams in the past 15 seasons as a pitching coach.
Moore spent the last 16 years with the Royals, where he was named general manager in May 2006 and also served as president of baseball operations before being fired in September. Prior to Moore’s arrival, the Royals had three consecutive 100-loss seasons. They won back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015, beating the New York Mets for the World Series title after a second.
Moore to partner with Rangers general manager Chris Youngformer pitcher who ended his major league playing career with the Royals from 2015 to 2017.
“There is no one more respected in our game. He turned the royals into world champions,” Young said. “Dayton’s experience as a general manager, as well as his extensive experience in scouting, will be a huge asset to me and other leaders in our baseball group.”
Before joining the Royals, Moore spent 13 seasons with the Atlanta Braves scouting and developing players before becoming their director of personnel in 2002.
Maddux was the second-longest serving coach in club history when he left the Rangers after the 2015 season and spent the next two years with Washington. Texas had four consecutive seasons with a team ERA below 4.00 from 2010 to 2013. Prior to his arrival, they had not had a team ERA below 4.00 since 1990 and had none since Maddux left.
After 15 major league seasons, Maddux began his MLB coaching career with the Milwaukee Brewers from 2003 to 2008.
Even before the manager of three-time World Series champion Bochi was hired last month, the Rangers said part-time coaches Doug Mathis and Brendan Sagara would not be returning to their major league staff.
BOSTON — Joely Rodriguez has agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Boston Red Sox that includes a team option through 2024.
Rodriguez will receive a $1.5 million salary next year and a $4.25 million Red Sox option with a $500,000 buyout.
He can earn $250,000 in performance bonuses each year for featured games: $50,000 for each of 30 and every additional 10 to 70. In 2023, he can also earn $800,000 in lineup bonuses: 200 $000 per piece for 30, 60, 90 and 120 active days.
Rodriguez’s contract allows him to become a free agent when his contract expires.
The 31-year-old southpaw was 2-4 with a 4.47 ERA last season for the New York Mets, striking out 57 and walking 26 in 50 1/3 innings while hitting three home runs.
Rodriguez is 5-9 with a 4.56 ERA in 157 games for Philadelphia (2016-17), Texas (2020-21), New York Yankees (2021) and Mets (2022). He spent 2018 and 2019 with the Chunichi Dragons of the Japan Central League.