FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that John Hart will be named the Braves' president of baseball operations.
Hart had been serving as the Braves' interim general manager since the September 22 firing of Frank Wren and will now take a permanent role in Atlanta's front office. Hart is the former general manager of the Indians and Rangers. He also served as an in-studio analyst for a couple of years on MLB Network. The Braves still need to name a new GM, and that person will work directly under Hart.
Pirates signed RHP Josh Stinson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Stinson posted a rough 6.23 ERA in 13 innings of relief this season for the Orioles and owns a 4.47 ERA for his career. The 26-year-old right-hander is doubtful to land a spot in the Pirates' Opening Day bullpen.
According to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, the Blue Jays have received calls about Adam Lind.
"I hear the Blue Jays are getting a lot of interest on Lind and not just from American League teams," an unnamed executive told the Sun. "I’ve heard three or four clubs." Lind struggles mightily against left-handed pitching, but he mashes righties and is only due $7.5 million in 2015 and $8 million in 2016 (via a pair of club options). That relatively low price tag makes him an attractive trade target for teams that want to upgrade offensively but won't be able to compete for the bigger bats on the open market this winter.
Chris Colabello is scheduled to undergo X-rays and an MRI on his right thumb this week.
Colabello has been bothered by discomfort in the thumb since getting jammed by a Grant Balfour pitch on April 23 in Tampa Bay. That set off an 8-for-73 slump, and he finished the 2014 season with a rough .229/.282/.380 slash line. It's not clear how Colabello fits into the Twins' plans for 2015. There's talk that he might be shopped to a Korean team.
Tim Lincecum left Wednesday's World Series Game 2 with lower back tightness.
Lincecum threw a pitch to Salvador Perez and immediately knew something was wrong, walking off with a trainer without much resistance. The good news is that manager Bruce Bochy said he doesn't think it's a big deal, telling reporters, "We think he'll be fine." The club will know more on Thursday. It's possible that Lincecum could be available as soon as Friday's Game 3 in San Francisco.