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Wednesday Round-Up: Gillick, A-Rod, Valentine, Mazzilli, more

Pat Gillick has been named GM of the Phillies, accepting a three-year contract to replace Ed Wade. Gillick is a former GM of the Orioles, Mariners and Blue Jays, where he put together Toronto's two World Series championship teams in 1992 and 1993. In fact, the last time the Phillies made the playoffs, they lost to the Jays in the '93 World Series when Joe Carter hit his home run.

Remember the mystery steroid AL playoff team outfielder that some of you were skeptical on? Meet Matt Lawton.

The Yankees have brought Lee Mazzilli back as their bench coach, replacing Joe Girardi, now the manager of the Marlins.

Seattle exercised their option on Eddie Guardado, and the A's signed Jay Witasick for two years. Jay Witasick was cut in Orioles camp last spring.

AJ Burnett will visit with the Blue Jays, and the Mets are interested in Billy Wagner, which is the least surprising news ever.

In sillier news, Alex Rodriguez has been warned by the Yankees about playing underground poker. It "could be dangerous and harmful to his image". I'd have to disagree. It's the only vaguely manly thing he's done in years.

Ugueth Urbina, Scott Hatteberg, Brad Ausmus, Richard Hidalgo and Doug Mientkiewicz are all officially free agents. Hatteberg's option was declined by Oakland.

Bobby Valentine is a finalist in the Devil Rays manager hunt. Valentine's Chiba Lotte Marines won the Japan League title last week.