Updated 6:25am C.T. – Mike Quade could be made official on Wednesday
The St. Louis Cardinals are just two wins away from the promise land and when the series is over, the clock for Jim Hendry will start ticking down. Players have 14 days after the conclusion of the World Series to declare free agency and as everyday passes it looks to be a lock that name of Aramis Ramirez will be on that list. Many have felt that Ramirez will opt out of his contract for a while now and usually no news is good news, but in this case it could be the opposite.
Alfonso Soriano was one of the hot topics on Tuesday and here is the rest from the rumor mill….
The Baseball This Morning crew on XM Radio discussed the possibility of Soriano being the centerfielder for the Cubs next season. Buck Martinez and Orestes Destrade feel that Soriano will be able to master the position and compared him to Robin Yount. They went on to say that Soriano is a great athlete and will be able to handle the challenge. “All of the best athletes play centerfield.”
The Baseball This Morning crew also discussed the hiring of Alan Trammell. They said that Trammell is a lot like Piniella’s former bench coach, John McClaren. They think that the two will work well together and it will be interesting to watch to see if they can.
Sparky Anderson had a few nice words for Alan Trammell in the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The Washington Nationals….
As most know, Joe Girardi removed his name from the Nationals managerial job, citing family reasons. Late on Tuesday, Terry Pendleton did the same and Dusty Baker said that Jim Bowden had not contacted him recently. Buck Martinez thinks that Dusty will end up with ESPN next season. Girardi is being rumored to be in line to take the bench coach job for Joe Torre, replacing Lee Mazzilli. ESPN is reporting that but several reports out of New York are reporting that all of Torre’s staff will be retained in 2007.
The Cleveland Indians have entered the latest rumors concerning the speedy infielder.
Aubrey Huff and Adam Dunn….
According to a report on Astros.com, the Astros are interested in trading for Adam Dunn and will likely not retain Aubrey Huff. The Astros were not impressed with him last season and are not ready to pay him the $7 million dollars per year that they think he will be asking for.
According to the Arizona Republic, Chris Speier met with the D’Backs manager, Bob Melvin, on Monday about one of their coaching vacancies. Speier had been rumored as a possibility to return to the Cubs but the hiring of Trammell could have put an end to that. Speier is a candidate to coach 3rd for the D’Backs, a job he held in 2001. Speier was a manager in the Diamondbacks organization for 4 years.
According to a report on Mariners.com, Jason Schmidt could land in Seattle this off-season. Schmidt is from Kelso, Washington, 2 hours south of Seattle, and is rumored to be interested in playing close to home.
Matsuzaka has hired Scott Boras to be his agent and the posting price has jumped to the $30 million dollar range according to a report on SI.com. The rumored posting price had been in the $20 million dollar range.
Update – According to Chris De Luca in the Sun-Times, Chris Speier will not return to the Cubs and Mike Quade should be announced as the new 3rd base coach as early as Wednesday.
Well, that’s the latest from the Mill and I’m sticking to it!!!