ESPN’s Keith Law reports the Twins have hired Derek Falvey as their new president of baseball operations. Falvey has been the Indians assistant general manager for the past year after spending a decade with the organization. He’s only 32 and he’s analytically-inclined. Which, given that the Twins front office has been particularly young or analytically-inclined, should be a pretty major change of pace. The Twins’ longtime general manager, Terry Ryan, was fired in July. The club lost its 100th game yesterday, marking only the second time since the franchise moved to Minnesota that it has lost that many games.
Phillies rookie starter Jake Thompson has been shut down for the year. Not that there’s much of the year left, but he will not make what would’ve been his last start. Thompson allowed three earned runs over four innings in the Phillies’ 17-0 blowout loss to the Mets. That leaves him with a 5.70 ERA in 53.2 innings for the season. Which, while that’s kind of ugly, it was a function of some bad starts mixed in with good starts as opposed to overall badness. Everything about his 2016 should be viewed as “get yourself used to the big leagues, because you’re going to be part of this rotation in 2017 and beyond,” and from that perspective, you can call 2016 a success.
LEADING OFF: Red Sox can clinch AL East as Big Papi begins Bronx goodbye; playoff-bound Indians, Nationals await news on injured stars; Orioles face Blue Jays with AL wild cards up for grabs