Jets fire GM Maccagnan in surprise move

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NEW YORK (AP) - Mike Maccagnan helped lead the Jets' coaching search this offseason, spent big money in free agency and oversaw the team's draft.

Now, stunningly, he's out as New York's general manager.

Team chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson announced the decision to fire Maccagnan in a statement posted Wednesday on the team's Twitter account.

"It was a decision that evolved," Johnson said during a conference call a few hours after the announcement. "And it took a while and maybe I was slow with that decision, but I finally came to it in the last few days."

Coach Adam Gase will serve as the acting general manager while the Jets search for a replacement. He wasted no time in his new role, trading linebacker Darron Lee to Kansas City for a sixth-round draft pick, pending a physical, according to two people with direct knowledge of the deal. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither team had announced the move late Wednesday night.

ESPN reported that Brian Heimerdinger, the Jets' vice president of player personnel, also was fired.

Maccagnan had long been on the hot seat, so the move itself isn't necessarily a shocker. The timing, however, is particularly surprising because Maccagnan ran the Jets' draft less than three weeks ago, including taking defensive tackle Quinnen Williams with the No. 3 overall pick.

"There's never a good time to make a decision like this, honestly," Johnson said. "But it's a process."

That included Johnson deciding to "get deeply embedded" in the organization's football operations by taking what he called a "deeper dive" this offseason.

"I was part of a lot of discussions about the free agents and sat in on dozens of interviews with the guys at the combine and sat in on scouting meetings and watched this process," Johnson said. "I understood more fully Mike's role in this building and what I'm hoping for in our future GM."

PRO BASEBALL

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Edwin Jackson became the first player in major league history to play for 14 teams when he made his Toronto Blue Jays debut and pitched five innings Wednesday in a 4-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

The 35-year-old right-hander allowed three runs - two earned - and six hits in five innings. He struck out two, walked one, hit a batter and left after 77 pitches with the score 3-3.

Toronto acquired Jackson from Oakland on Saturday for $30,000. He began his tenure with his new team by throwing an 88 mph cutter that Joe Panik took for a called strike.

NEW YORK (AP) - Yankees third baseman Miguel And˙jar will have season-ending surgery to repair a small labrum tear in his right shoulder.

New York announced the decision Wednesday night during the second game of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles.

And˙jar, last year's AL Rookie of the Year runner-up, initially was sidelined by the injury from April 1 to May 3 and struggled mightily in his return.

CHICAGO (AP) - The Cubs' Ben Zobrist and his wife, Julianna Zobrist, have filed court documents in separate states seeking to end their marriage.

Ben Zobrist filed a complaint for legal separation in Tennessee, according to The Tennesseean. The couple has a home in Williamson County.

Julianna Zobrist filed for divorce on Monday, according to Cook County Circuit Court records.

PRO FOOTBALL

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - One practice appears to be enough for Odell Beckham Jr.

The star wide receiver was not at Cleveland's voluntary workout Wednesday after showing up Tuesday following a monthlong absence. Beckham, who was acquired by the Browns in a March trade from the New York Giants, had been in contact with the club while he was away and the team is comfortable with him leaving again.

The three-time Pro Bowler posted a photo of Instagram of him catching a pass following Tuesday's workout.

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