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Thursday Round-Up: Hunsicker, Doc, Reds ownership, Timlin, more

Former Astros GM Gerry Hunsicker has joined the Devil Rays front office. He and Andrew Friedman will basically be in charge of the baseball operations. Hunsicker's Houston teams won a lot of games, so I'd consider this a real step up for the Rays. Bobby Valentine, Angels bench coach Joe Maddon and Rays bench coach John McLaren are the finalists for the Tampa Bay managerial job.

Reds owner Carl Lindner has agreed to sell controlling interest in the team to a group of Cincinnati-area businessmen, headed by Robert Castellini. The group will be buying between 70 and 80 percent of the team.

Doc Gooden got three years' probation for fleeing a traffic stop last August.

The Yankees have hired Tony Pena as their new first base coach.

The Dodgers are "making progress" in their GM search. Their managerial search was apparently down to three names last I'd heard, and one of them was Alan Trammell for some reason. I forgot the other two.

FA News: Kenny Lofton has filed, Mike Timlin will be with Boston for another year, and the Cardinals picked up Jeff Suppan's option.