As we wind down from a Sunday chock full of playoff baseball, let's take a break from the action to catch up on the week that was here at MLBTR...
- The Indians announced the hiring of Terry Francona and will formally introduce him at a press conference on Monday morning. For his career, the 53-year-old has a 1,029–915 record across a total of 12 seasons as a big league skipper.
- Manager Bobby Valentine will not return to the Red Sox next season. Valentine led the Sox to a 69-93 record and a last place finish in his only season at the helm.
- The Twins announced that they removed the interim label from Terry Ryan's job title, making him the permanent general manager once again. Ryan, who first became the Twins' GM in 1995, spent more than a decade in the role before stepping aside in September of 2007.
- The Angels agreed to sign catcher Chris Iannetta to a three-year extension worth $15.5MM. When healthy he appeared in 79 games, hitting nine home runs and posting a .240/.332/.398 batting line in 253 plate appearances.
- The Red Sox received right-hander Rubby De La Rosa and outfielder Jerry Sands to complete their blockbuster deal with the Dodgers from earlier this summer. In a related move, the club has designated catcher Guillermo Quiroz for assignment.
- Starter Ben Sheets retired on Wednesday after joining the Braves at midseason. The Brewers selected Sheets with the tenth overall pick in the 1999 draft and he spent most of his career in Milwaukee.
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