November 8, 2012

MLB: Red Sox hire Nieves as pitching coach

BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox have hired Juan Nieves to join John Farrell's staff as pitching coach.

Nieves, 47, spent 14 seasons in the Chicago White Sox organization, the last five as bullpen coach.

Over three seasons in the major leagues, Nieves had a 32-25 record and a 4.71 ERA with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was the first pitcher in Brewers history and first native of Puerto Rico to throw a no-hitter. He had three shutouts as a rookie in 1986 and the next year he won 14 games and struck out 163 in 195.2 innings.

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ARLINGTON, Texas-- Nolan Ryan says he doesn't have a gut feeling on whether Josh Hamilton will return to the Texas Rangers next season.

Ryan said Wednesday it's hard to have a feel not knowing what the market will be for the slugger. The Rangers president believes everybody will have a better idea after this week's GM meetings.

The Rangers made a $13.3 million qualifying offer last week to Hamilton, a move to ensure draft-pick compensation if he signs with another team. They know the 2010 AL MVP will end up making more than that.

Without giving any numbers, Ryan is sure everybody could probably make a reasonable guess on the per-annual salary Hamilton will get. He says the question is how long a deal the 31-year-old outfielder will get.

 

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