(EIU) -- Several former Eastern Illinois baseball players will have new homes for the 2018 baseball season as they were active as part of the Winter Baseball transaction season.
EIU had five former players serve in coaching roles during the 2017 season with two making changes for the 2018 season. The Panthers also had two players active in the minor leagues scheduled to return in 2018.
Tim Bogar was hired in November by the Washington Nationals and will serve as the team's first base coach during the 2018 season. Bogar was the bench coach for the Seattle Mariners last season.
Andy Haines was hired as the assistant hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs for the 2018 season. Haines worked for the Cubs during the 2017 season as the Minor League Hitting Instructor for the franchise.
Kevin Seitzer completed his third season as the hitting coach for the Atlanta Braves in 2017 and is set to return to the team in the same role in 2018.
Derek Johnson completed his second season as the pitching coach for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2017 and is set to return to the team in the same role in 2018.
Kyle Haines was the manager of the Richmond Flying Squirrels during the 2017 season. Richmond is the Double-A franchise of the San Francisco Giants. Minor league coaching assignments for 2018 have not yet been finalized.
On the field Matt Wivinis signed a free agent deal with the New York Yankees during the 2017 season after beginning his professional career in independent baseball in 2016. Wivinis pitched in both the Rookie League and South Atlantic League helping the Single A Charleston River Dogs make the post-season. Wivinis had 11 saves with a 0.88 ERA for the season.
Former EIU outfielder Zach Borenstein began the 2017 season playing for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic. Borenstein then played the regular season for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A franchise for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He finished the year hitting .279 with 24 home runs and 91 RBI helping Reno make the post-season. During the offseason Borenstein signed a free agent deal with the New York Mets and will be invited to their major league camp for 2018 spring training.