Mike Hazen no longer a Red Sox GM candidate after Diamondbacks contract extension

Mike Hazen no longer a Red Sox GM candidate after Diamondbacks contract extension

Cross Mike Hazen off the Red Sox' list of possible Dave Dombrowski replacements.

The Diamondbacks general manager, who once served under Dombrowski in Boston, signed a contract extension on Friday to stay in Arizona, per Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hazen joined the Red Sox organization in 2006 as director of player development, then eventually was promoted to vice president of player development and amateur scouting in 2011.

The 43-year-old served as Ben Cherington's assistant GM in early 2015, then as GM under Dombrowski's watch later that year. Hazen was hired to the Diamondbacks' front office in 2016.

Dombrowski was fired on Monday amidst a disappointing season for the defending World Series champions. Assistant general managers Eddie Romero, Brian O’Halloran and Zack Scott have been taking over Dombrowski's position in the interim.

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Indians' Yasiel Puig drops suspension appeal, will miss Red Sox series

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Indians' Yasiel Puig drops suspension appeal, will miss Red Sox series

The Boston Red Sox will not have to face Yasiel Puig during their three-game series against the Cleveland Indians beginning Monday night at Progressive Field.

Puig was suspended three games by Major League Baseball earlier this month for his actions during a bench-clearing brawl between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates on July 30. The 28-year-old outfielder was a member of the Reds at the time. He was later traded to the Indians as part of the Trevor Bauer deal that also involved the San Diego Padres.

The Indians announced Monday that Puig has dropped the appeal of his suspension and will begin serving the three-game ban in the series opener versus the Red Sox.

The timing of Puig's decision makes sense.

The Indians play the American League East-leading New York Yankees in a four-game series at Yankee Stadium after hosting the Red Sox. The Yankees are a better team than the Red Sox and could be an opponent of the Indians in the 2019 postseason. So, if the Indians had to choose, it would benefit them to be at full strength versus New York rather than Boston. The Indians probably don't even need Puig to beat a Red Sox team that's been struggling quite a bit over the last few weeks. Boston has lost 11 of its last 15 games entering Monday's matchup in Cleveland.

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MLB trade rumors: Red Sox reportedly targeting Diamondbacks lefty reliever Andrew Chafin

MLB trade rumors: Red Sox reportedly targeting Diamondbacks lefty reliever Andrew Chafin

The Red Sox' search for bullpen help, which may or may not have them linked to Mets closer Edwin Diaz, could end up with a much lower-cost and lower-profile option, lefty Andrew Chafin of the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to a report from Sean McAdam of the Boston Sports Journal.

Chafin, 29, was one of several relievers mentioned as Sox possibilities by NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider John Tomase.

The first-round pick (43rd overall) in 2011 has been a part of the D'Backs bullpen since 2015. He's 0-2 with a 4.21 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings this season. He's been effective against lefties throughout his career (holding them to a .219 batting average) but has also held righties to a .244 average.  His contract runs through the end of next season, isn't likely to cost any major league talent or top prospects and his prorated $1.95 million salary for the final two months of the season is certainly a lower cost option than other relievers.

 

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