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MLB Offseason Round-Up: Padres Hire Shildt, Cards Add Another Vet Starter

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This is one in a series of daily articles highlighting the latest news and notes from the MLB offseason. 

The final managerial vacancy has been filled. The San Diego Padres announced the hiring of Mike Shildt as their new manager, replacing Bob Melvin.

Shildt had been serving in the role of senior advisor and player development & major leagues for San Diego. He was a player development consultant for the Friars in 2022.

Previously, Shildt was the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals from 2018-21, where he made the postseason in three consecutive seasons beginning in 2019. As Cardinals manager, Shildt compiled a .559 winning percentage (252-199). He was named the National League Manager of the Year in 2019.

Gibson Heads to STL

Another veteran starting pitcher is off the board this MLB offseason and again, he is headed to St. Louis. The Cardinals have signed right-handed pitcher Kyle Gibson to a one-year contract. The deal is for $12 million and comes with a 2025 club option.

Gibson, 36, pitched for the Baltimore Orioles last season. He finished the year 15-9 with a 4.73 ERA and led the league with 33 starts. Gibson is an 11-year major league veteran, having spent time with the Orioles, Twins, Phillies and Rangers. He was named an All-Star in 2021.

The deal comes a day after the Cardinals’ agreement with fellow right-hander Lance Lynn. Like Gibson, Lynn signed a one-year deal with a club option. Both deals were announced by St. Louis on Tuesday.

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