According to Evan Drellich on Twitter, ex-Dbacks manager A.J. Hinch is soon to be named the next manager of the Houston Astros. Brian McTaggart has reported that the Astros will announce their new manager at a 5:30pm press conference today.
Hinch, 40, managed the Diamondbacks from May 8, 2009 through July 1, 2010, finishing with a 89-123 record (.420). He served as VP of Professional Scouting for the Padres from September 21, 2010 until he resigned on August 5 this year. He was a catcher in the Majors for 7 seasons, 1998-2004, playing in 350 games for Oakland, Kansas City, Detroit and Philadelphia, and has a Psychology degree from Stanford.