Former Twins coach Jeff Pickler has accepted a position on manager David Bell's staff with the Cincinnati Reds. Pickler spent the last two seasons as the coordinator of major league development on Paul Molitor's staff. The Twins replaced Molitor with Rocco Baldelli after last season while announcing that Pickler would be reassigned elsewhere in the organization, with the understanding that he could pursue jobs with other organizations.
His responsibilities with the Twins included working with the outfielders and assisting with game strategy, and he will have a similar role with the Reds.
Cincinnati hired Bell on Oct. 21, and he has since been working on assembling his staff. Last week, he announced the additions of J.R. House as third base/catching coach and Donnie Ecker as an assistant hitting coach.
Chris Gimenez, who played 87 games for the Twins over the past two seasons -- including seven as a mopup pitcher in lopsided losses -- was named "game planning" coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.
Gimenez played 10 major league seasons as a catcher for the Twins, Texas, Tampa Bay, Seattle, Cleveland and the Cubs.
He came back to the Twins in early September in a trade for backup catcher Bobby Wilson.
Here's the feature Phil did on him during spring training in 2017.
Gimenez, 35, is a California native