He has had stints in different roles with the Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Indians, and the Yankees. The closest he got to a managing gig was when he was managing in the Yankees' minor league system, but his longest-tenured gig was seven years as the Rays' hitting coach. The 49-year-old replaces veteran manager Clint Hurdle, who was fired on the final day of the regular season. He is taking over a Pirates team that went 69-93 in 2019, good for their worst regular season since 2010.
In other free agent news, the Texas Rangers added some much-needed production to their starting rotation, signing Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract this week. The contract is still pending a physical, as the former Twins' starter will join the likes of Lance Lynn and Mike Minor in the Rangers' rotation. Minor and Lynn led that starting rotation last season, as Texas struggled to find any support outside of those top two starters.
The 32-year-old Gibson is coming off a season that saw him go 13-7 with 160 strikeouts with the Twins, although, he was sent to the bullpen on September 15th. That was because the struggles got the best of him late in the season, when he moved his ERA to 4.73 after giving up 26 earned runs over his last six starts. His only Postseason appearance was also forgettable, which saw him give up three runs in one inning of relief in a 10-4 Game-1 loss to the Yankees. So this may be a much-needed regrouping season for Gibson as he gets a fresh start in a new uniform.