Jan 13, 2020 8:47 PM

Hinch, Luhnow fired for Astros' sign stealing

Posted Jan 13, 2020 8:47 PM

By RONALD BLUM and KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writers

The Houston Astros fired manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow Monday, after the pair were suspended by Major League Baseball for sign-stealing during the Astros' run to the 2017 World Series title.

Commissioner Rob Manfred strongly hinted that current Boston manager Alex Cora _ the Astros bench coach in 2017 _ will face equal or more severe punishment. Manfred said Cora developed the sign-stealing system used by the Astros.

The Red Sox are under investigation for sign stealing in Cora's first season as manager in 2018, when Boston won the title.

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Royals invite 26 non-roster players to spring training

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -– The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has invited 26 non-roster players to Major League Spring Training in Surprise, Ariz.

Among the invitations are 14 pitchers, four catchers, five infielders, and three outfielders.

Included in the 26 invitees are 23 players that were in the Royals’ organization last season. Pitchers Kris Bubic (first round, 2018), Jake Kalish (32nd round, 2015), Jackson Kowar (first round, 2018), Daniel Lynch (first round, 2018), Brady Singer (first round, 2018), Daniel Tillo (third round, 2017), and Tyler Zuber (sixth round, 2017); catchers Nick Dini (14th round, 2015) and MJ Melendez (second round, 2017); infielders Gabriel Cancel (seventh round, 2015) and Emmanuel Rivera (19th round, 2015) as well as outfielders Kyle Isbel (third round, 2018) and Khalil Lee (third round, 2016) were all originally drafted by the Royals. Pitchers Ofreidy Gomez (2012), Arnaldo Hernandez (2012), Andres Machado (2010), Yunior Marte (2012); catchers Freddy Fermin (2015) and Sebastian Rivero (2015) and infielder Humberto Arteaga (2010) all signed as international free agents. Pitcher Conner Greene, infielder Kevin Merrell, and outfielder Erick Mejia, all of whom were in the organization last season, while pitchers Trevor Rosenthal and Braden Shipley, as well as infielder Matt Reynolds, are new to the Royals.

Pitchers and catchers will hold their first workout of the season on Feb. 12, while the first full-squad workout will be on Feb. 17.