KANSAS CITY (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have hired Mike Matheny (muh-THEE’-nee) as manager. Matheny was manager of the cross-state St. Louis Cardinals from 2012-18, going 591-474 and becoming the first manager to reach the postseason his first four seasons. The Cardinals reached the World Series in 2013, losing to the Boston Red Sox. Matheny was fired in July 2018 with the Cardinals 7½ games out of the NL Central race at the time.
NEW YORK (AP) _ The New York Yankees have declined their 2020 option for Edwin Encarnación, making the veteran slugger a free agent. Encarnación was due $25 million in 2020, but the Yankees bought out the remaining year of his contract for $5 million. The Yankees acquired the three-time All-Star from Seattle in June to bolster a lineup sapped by injuries. Encarnación led the AL with 21 homers at the time, but a strained left oblique limited the 36-year-old down the stretch.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have declined the 2020 options for second baseman Wilmer Flores and left-hander T.J. McFarland. The 28-year-old Flores hit a career-high .317 with nine homers in 89 games during his only season with the D-backs, when he made $3.75 million. Flores’s option was for $6 million with a $500,000 buyout. The 30-year-old McFarland pitched the past three seasons for the D-backs and had a 4.82 ERA in 51 games this year, when he had a $1.4 million salary.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams revealed a cancer diagnosis that played a part in his lengthy holdout and distrust of the team’s medical staff and the organization. Williams says he told the team of the medical issue six years ago, and the growth on his head grew substantially over time. The 31-year-old said he had a tumor removed from his skull and needs to get checked out every six months to make sure he’s OK.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Police say evidence shows a missing Alabama college student, who’s the stepdaughter of a UFC fighter, was harmed and is now considered a victim of foul play. Authorities in Auburn issued the statement Thursday about the disappearance of 19-year-old Aniah Haley Blanchard. The community college student was last seen in Auburn last week and her vehicle was later found about 55 miles away in Montgomery.