MLB news: Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants

The latest MLB news and notes, including the Atlanta Braves bolstering their bullpen and the New York Yankees looking for another hitting coach.
Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Pierce Johnson
Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Pierce Johnson / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Let's take a look at some of the latest MLB news and notes, including tidbits on the Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants.

Atlanta Braves news: Pierce Johnson inks two-year deal

Acquired at the MLB trade deadline from the Colorado Rockies, Pierce Johnson will be sticking with the Braves for the next two seasons, inking a two-year deal worth $14.25 million in money guaranteed and a $7 million opton for the 2026 campaign.

Johnson was rock solid for Atlanta after being acquired, logging a 0.76 ERA in 23.2 innings over 24 games during the regular season. The right-hander was also active for the Braves in the NLDS against the Philadelphia Phillies, throwing 2.2 scoreless innings over three games.

Read more about Johnson and his new deal with the Braves here.

New York Yankees news: Sean Casey done as hitting coach

Saying that he wants to spend more time with his family, Casey will not return to the Yankees as their hitting coach in 2024, capping a strange journey in the Bronx.

Casey was hired by the Yankees in July to help kick-start a struggling offense that was missing an injured Aaron Judge at the time. Casey was brought on to replace Dillon Lawson, released from his duties and becoming the first coach or manager to be replaced during the season under general manager Brian Cashman.

The move didn't help move the needle much for the Yankees, as ESPN reported that the team hit just .221 with a .688 OPS in 71 games with Casey overseeing the hitters.

San Francisco Giants news: Bob Melvin introduced as manager

Leaving the San Diego Padres for the division rival Giants, Bob Melvin was introduced as the new manager in San Francisco on Wednesday. In his opening remarks, it's clear some of the reporting around his relationship with the players and general manager A.J. Preller was hanging over Melvin when he decided to bolt for the Bay.

However, that's all in the past as Melvin takes the wheel in San Francisco ... or is it? Expect there to be plenty of other questions about Melvin's departure in the coming days and weeks.

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