Managing the Cubs Skipper Rumors

The Cubs have already interviewed A.J. Hinch and Manny Acta for the skipper’s job and reportedly Rick Renteria is next in line for a meeting with the Cubs’ brass. The Cubs will also ask the Rays for permission to interview Dave Martinez, and the former Cub could also receive a sit down with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer next week. But after losing out on Joe Girardi, is there a frontrunner to be the next manager of the Chicago Cubs?

According to Jon Heyman, the Cubs “appear to be honing in on a very short list of serious candidates” but “Cubs people will not label anyone as a favorite yet.” Heyman explained, as earlier reported, that the Cubs could add a name or two to their original list of managerial candidates in the coming days.

Rick Renteria, the current Padres’ bench coach, will receive an interview next week according to multiple reports and some even feel he is an early frontrunner for the job. Renteria has ties to Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod from their days together in the Padres’ organization. Plus, Renteria is known as an excellent communicator with a very good reputation of working with, as well as developing, young players.

Patrick Mooney reported that a profile of what Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are looking for in the next Cubs’ manager has emerged. According to Mooney, “the Cubs are looking for a bilingual teacher who can develop young players. From All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro to minor league player of the year Javier Baez to $30 million Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler, this clubhouse will be filled with important Latin players in 2014 and beyond. There’s X-factor outfielder Junior Lake, building-block catcher Welington Castillo and projected Triple-A Iowa infielders Arismendy Alcantara and Christian Villanueva.”

According to Mooney’s report, “if the next manager doesn’t speak Spanish, his bench coach most certainly will.”

Dave Martinez

The Cubs are expected to ask the Tampa Bay Rays for permission to interview Joe Maddon’s bench coach, Dave Martinez. Martinez has been with Tampa for the past six seasons learning from what many call the best manager in the game.

Martinez does not have managerial experience but knows what it is like wearing a Cubs’ uniform. The Cubs selected Martinez in the third round of the 1983 draft and he made his big league debut three years later. Martinez had two stints with the Cubs, the first from 1986 to 1988 until he was traded to the Montreal Expos for Mitch Webster. The Cubs acquired Martinez from the Devil Rays in May of 2000 for Mark Guthrie and cash then dealt him to the Rangers in June of the same year for Brant Brown.

Dave Martinez is only 49 years old and he aspires to manage in the majors one day.

Alomar Jr., Maddux and Maddux

According to Patrick Mooney, if the Cubs were interested in speaking with Sandy Alomar Jr. about the managerial opening again, that is no longer the case. Mooney reported on Thursday night that Alomar Jr. can be crossed off the Cubs’ list. As reported, Terry Francona moved Alomar Jr. to first base coach after the Indians season came to an end and replaced him with Brad Mills. Mooney reported that Francona’s move is “sign the Cubs think he’s not ready to move into the manager’s office yet.”

According to Comcast SportsNet and David Kaplan, Greg Maddux is not interested in being the 53rd manager of the Chicago Cubs. But his brother, Mike, is interested.

Greg Maddux told Kaplan that he wants to have time to be with his family in the summer. Mike Maddux is interested in the Cubs’ job but might not receive another interview.

Other Managerial and Coaching Notes

According to Patrick Mooney, “there is a small chance the Cubs could ask to interview Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo.”

Bruce Levine joined David Kaplan Thursday night on his radio show (720 WGN) and reported the front office has already interviewed numerous coaches for the open positions on the big league staff and a few of those coaches will be recommended to the new manager. David Kaplan reported the front office would like Chris Bosio back as the team’s pitching coach.

Oakland A’s bench coach Chip Hale is not viewed as a candidate for the Cubs’ job.

Regardless of what he says publicly, Ozzie Guillen is not a candidate to be the Cubs’ next manager.

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  • Ripsnorter1

    Just a bunch of Red Sox and Padres retreads. “Good ole boys’ club.”

    • J Daniel

      Yuck!

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        They are familiar with these guys. Padres have a wonderful farm system and are good at developing their young players. The Red Sox are, well the Red Sox. Take anyone and everyone from their organization every time we can.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Rip, I’ll say it again, Patrick Mooney seems to be the worst of the “lazy” reporters. I’ve noticed a lot of his rumors are Red Sox based. I know Theo and Jed worked there, but I think its lazy to shoot from the hip, I’d like to see some real sources. That’s what I learned in journalism classes, cite your sources.

  • Ripsnorter1

    For those crying that the NY Yankees “Sky is falling….”
    From Buster Olney:

    The Yankees’ final salary offer to Joe Girardi was presented last Thursday, and now that weknow how it turned out — like a televised poker game in which we see the cards — it’s evident that the past week has been about negotiating, about trying to extract more from the Yankees. The Cubs never really had a shot unless Girardi made it all about the money and allowed himself to be offended by the Yankees’ intransigence in recent days.

    This is what the Cubs suspected all along, that it was extremely unlikely that the former catcher would return to Illinois. Girardi has a longstanding relationship with the Steinbrenners and with general manager Brian Cashman, and although Girardi is a Northwestern product who has history with the Cubs’ organization, he doesn’t really know the Ricketts family or president Theo Epstein or GM Jed Hoyer.

    So Girardi remains with an organization that has faces many questions this offseason, but in the eyes of many rival evaluators, the notion that the Yankees are in a steep and irretrievable decline is viewed as incredibly naïve and overstated.

    Their list of problems is long and daunting.

    They will pick up negotiations with Robinson Cano in the days ahead, and work to retain their best player. They have to replace the greatest closer of all time and one of their most productive left-handed starting pitchers ever, in Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte; they have no idea what Derek Jeter can or cannot do, going forward. Their catching situation is ugly. Curtis Granderson may depart as a free agent. Their player development system has been a tremendous disappointment, to the degree that they are doing an internal autopsy on how this has occurred.

    But rival executives would love to have the Yankees’ problems.

    As Joel Sherman noted in the New York Post the other day: If Alex Rodriguez is suspended for the 2014 season, the Yankees could have as much as $80 million to spend. Let’s put that number into perspective, within the context of the overall budgets within the division.

    Here are the 2013 payrolls, according to Cot’s:

    Baltimore Orioles $92.2 million
    Boston Red Sox $154.6 million
    Tampa Bay Rays $61.9 million
    Toronto Blue Jays $119.3 million

    So the Yankees will bring back Mark Teixeira, David Robertson, Alfonso Soriano, Brett Gardner,CC Sabathia, David Phelps, Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda — and on top of that, they can spend $20 million more than the Rays will dole out for their entire roster. Just this winter.

    Scott Halleran/Getty ImagesIf Robinson Cano leaves, the money that would have been used to keep him doesn’t simply disappear.

    Meanwhile, the Rays are expected to trade the ace of their staff, David Price, and the Orioles are struggling to find pitching, and the Blue Jays face a difficult restructuring with a lot less money. The Red Sox demonstrated this season how, even within the highly competitive and deep AL East, there are dramatic shifts if the right choices are made. Boston won 69 games in 2012 and increased that by 28 victories, won the division and is currently regarded as the favorite to win the World Series.

    At the time the Red Sox signed Shane Victorino, his three-year deal was panned within the industry — and Victorino has been terrific, particularly his defense in right field. Boston blew up a three-year agreement with Mike Napoliover concerns about his hip, and while the Red Sox bartered with Napoli for a one-year deal, no team stepped in to offer him more. Boston had a controlled aggressiveness and it paid off, and the Yankees will have the same opportunity this winter, to make the right choices, and if they make the playoffs next season, the least surprised folks will be those who compete against them in the AL East.

    Meanwhile: Rick Renteria, the bench coach for the Padres, is probably the front-runner to get the managerial job with the Cubs.

    The hope of ownership was that the hiring of Girardi could change the conversation about the team for the immediate future, and end the recent erosion of fan support. Girardi could’ve been some smoke and mirrors to distract from the warts of the long-term rebuilding that the Cubs are doing, which more closely resembles that of the Pirates and Royals than that of the Yankees. There are signs of progress, but more time is needed.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Note these critical points:
      1. The Cubs never had a chance on Girardi.
      2. Girardi was just a smoke and mirrors attempt to mollify the fan base
      over a Pirates/Royals type rebuild. (Ain’t that the truth). Thanks, Team Theo!
      3.The Yanks are not in big trouble.
      4. Renteria is the front runner. Blah!

      • Ripsnorter1

        Note these facts:
        1. The Cubs have spent a ton on the FO: Theo’s exorbitant salary. Lots of
        new secretaries, et al.
        2. They were planning on spending a ton on Girardi.
        3. They haven’t spent any real money on players–except Edwin Jackson.
        Congratulations, Cubs fans.

        • SuzyS

          It was the best of times…It was the worst of times…..

          “A Tale of Two Cubs Fans”
          by C. Dickens

          Half empty/Half Full ????

          • Ripsnorter1

            It’s “Wait until Next Year.”

          • SuzyS

            No, No No,you’re missing the point.’ It’s wait until the year after that’, that everyone is po’d about.

            It’s tough for all of us…to be that patient…but I do see the end of the tunnel in sight.

            .

          • Ripsnorter1

            I get the point, Miss Suzy. : )
            The “wait until next year” is the official and eternal slogan of the Chicago Cubs.

            In Chicago, it’s dark, followed by more darkness–eternally.
            In that regard, Cubdom resembles eternal damnation.

          • SuzyS

            Until Next Year…anyhow:)

            Thanks for all your typing on the yankee story anyhow,,,even
            if they have a ton of money to invest…I don’t think they will be a contender next year…and that warms my heart.

          • K_Gripp

            You hit the nail on the head. The insufferable part is that its wait until the year after that. With the stadium renovation being pushed back I’m afraid the year to contend gets pushed back.

          • 07GreyDigger

            You can thank Beth Murphy and the rooftops for that. If anyone needs to be boycotted, it’s them.

          • SuzyS

            Agreed.

        • RynoTiger

          Spending money on the FO was a good and needed thing. Prior to Ricketts, the FO was inadequately staffed to run an organization of this size. And where does the vision for and strategies to develop an organization come from? The FO. Those two key elements of a FO were severely lacking for far too long. Most businesses that don’t have those two items don’t succeed, so it’s amazing that the Cubs lasted as long as they did.

    • cubtex

      I’m shocked! The Yankees are going to add players this offseason and try and win a division? Girardi got lucky that they decided to go this route after he signed that extension :))

  • Dorasaga

    The claim that MADDON has been “the best manager in the game” is kind of saying, “We don’t know what a baseball manager can do to help his team wins more than they can?”

    I’ve watched a bunch of Maddon’s mistakes in the latest ALDS. Playing the worse outfielders; bad pinch hit choices; too fast a trigger to replace his pitchers; ineffective defense-positioning that gave up runs.

    If he’s THAT good, then maybe it’s not that difficult to be a Major League manager.

    • cubtex

      I agree. Talk about a circus managing job for game 5!

    • K_Gripp

      You can keep believing that Maddon isnt a great manager and the Rays will just keep winning with one of the lowest payrolls in baseball. Cubtex called game 5 a “Circus managing job” but as I watched that I thought that no other manager in the playoffs had enough balls to manage that game the way he did. The difference between Dusty Baker and Joe Maddon is that Maddon manages playoff games like they are playoff games or elimination games and Dusty Baker manages them like they are just another game in a season of 162. I dont think that the manager impacts wins or losses in more than 10% of games. But they have to be able to manage people on a daily basis and give the team direction. If you follow Maddon at all you would see that he loves his players and his players love him. Give me Joe Maddon over any person on the Cubs current list.

      • cubtex

        As Rob Neyer discussed earlier in the week, Joe Maddon drew heat for his decision to go with Delmon Young
        in Game 2, a move that was fairly unjustifiable. Maddon also left a
        struggling David Price in to start the eighth inning despite the lefty
        having allowed six runs in seven innings and having thrown 100 pitches.
        That gave David Ortiz
        the chance to further frustrate Price and needless extended an outing
        where he lacked his best stuff, a factor that could weigh heavily on a
        potential Game Five. The fact that the Rays won Game Three probably
        saved Maddon from even more criticism for his decision to sacrifice the
        DH and use up his bench in the eighth inning of a tie game.

        He also used 9 pitchers in game 4. He way overmanaged and didn’t have to pull some of those pitchers so early in the game.

        • Dorasaga

          Maybe not superstars, but we can say that the Red Sox is full of stars (are we expecting Buccholz to be a future All-Star regular?). Keeping the very aged Ortiz and overpaying for Napoli both proved to be risky but well-rewarded moves.

          The Cubs don’t need to overpay for a manager. They need to amass more, if not as equal amount, of great talents as these L.C.S. teams have.

      • 07GreyDigger

        I agree 100%. That’s why I like Dave Martinez in this managing derby. Maddon is the type of manager this team needs, getting a lot out of a little.

        Yes, the Rays have great pitchers, but they have a roster of a few stars and a lot of spare parts. It’s impressive that Maddon gets the most out of his spare parts and is always in the hunt. If anything, he’s a manager that does get you wins when you shouldn’t. Isn’t that what we all want in a manager?

        • Dorasaga

          Longoria, Myers, and Price. Three national stars are quite a lot. Zobrist and Cobb are popular players, especially among fantasy leagues. Archer and Rodney are well known players for fans of many teams (including the Cubs). Maddon wasn’t managing a team full of “nobody.” How about the Redsox? How many on its 25-man is currently well-known nationally before the ALDS? Few teams are packed with SUPERSTARS like the Yankees between 1998 and 2011. It’s a different universe.

          • bpot92

            I would say a team with Pedroia, Lester, Peavy (albeit just traded), Victorino, Napoli, Bucholtz(Injured most of year), Uehjera constitute as a great team. Plus Lackey has been playing well and saltalamachia is decent. I would say Pedroia, Bucholtz, and Peavy is almost better than the rays since Meyers should be a star but hes still a rookie. The rays no doubt have many future regulars and maybe future stars on their team

          • Dorasaga

            RE:@bpot92

            Maybe not superstars, but we can say that the Red Sox is full of stars (are we expecting Buccholz to be a future All-Star regular?). Keeping the very aged Ortiz and overpaying for Napoli both proved to be risky but well-rewarded moves.

            The Cubs don’t need to overpay for a manager. They need to amass more, if not as equal amount, of great talents as these L.C.S. teams have.

          • bpot92

            I agree. The manager doesnt need to be high profile, just the right fit

      • Dorasaga

        Fundamentally, I prefer the manager to let his best players be themselves. Play where and how they are comfortable at. Good talents figure things out really quickly. Baseball is not football. An adjustment of timing in each at-bat, a tweak in a delivery, a step away from the bag. Players can figure things out. They read the scouting reports. They studied videos. They had meetings. They practiced. The rest are up to them. The last thing I want is for a manager to try to “act” smart on the field and make “bold” moves that make himself feel good.

        Every manager would love to be Tony LaRussa, but there was only one Tony, and he got the best talents to follow his suit (or his uniform, in this case). He stuck around the GMs who listened to him. The Cardinals rather traded their number one draft pick than leave the kid in the dugout after speaking straight back to Tony.

        LaRussa was the first to came up with many tactical moves, including multiple setup pitchers defined with specific roles. With many other things on the field, a manager can “outsmart” his opponent by surprise, but not regularly–heck, not even more than once in a game. I saw Maddon had a habit of acting smart. He’s not really THAT smart.

    • Tony_Hall

      It has been stated that the most a manager wins or losses a team is 5 games, and those are the most on an annual basis, not year after year by the same manager. Most managers have a net effect on their team of just 1 or 2 games.

      • Dorasaga

        I don’t even know if Maddon is 2 games plus. I remember two roster blunders earlier this season and last season. Not that no managers would; most made such mistakes once or twice in a long season. But he’s human. He made mistakes. The problem is, I’m not seeing him rectify any blunders he made. He always had a strong reason to make those mistakes, and refused to think twice*.

        *Those that cubtex mentioned below K-Gripp, Maddon replied to the press. He’s honest and good with dealing the media, I need to give him that.

  • Bryan

    It could be worse. Atleast Bobby Valentine isn’t on the short list.

  • Steve Baier

    Of all the names currently in play, Dave Martinez is the one who intrigues me the most. But I really hope we don’t end up with AJ Hinch!

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      I like Martinez too…

      • SuzyS

        Look into your Cub’s history book.
        Do you really want the “Dave Martinez” Cubs facing the “Ryne Sandberg” Phillies.
        It would be a media zoo.

        • cubtex

          just don’t have Sandberg’s ex wife show up :)))

          • SuzyS

            n that’s why:-)

          • cubtex

            Now things would get real interesting if Dave Martinez was hired and Rafael Palmeiro was added to his coaching staff :))
            Get Sanberg’s ex wife to throw out the 1st pitch when the Phillies come in town and there will be sure to be some fireworks before, during and after the game. haha

          • cubtex

            My mind is racing now being the advertising guy….

            This would be perfect. They could have a Special Promotion that day called…..

            Infidelity Day at the Ballpark.
            Buy 1 ticket and your “significant other” gets in free. Complete with a pair of free sunglasses and Cubs Bucket hat.

            Where is Bill Veek when you need him :)

          • SuzyS

            While I don’t expect leaders to all be choirboys….That history is too much in the public eye.
            And a major reason I would steer clear of Martinez as my manager.
            At the time of Palmeiro’s trade to Texas…the decision was whether to ship Grace or Palmeiro out. (Both were considered singles hitters).
            Palmeiro was shipped out because of the Sandberg thing…or so the story goes.
            (Palmeiro, linked to PED’s, of course became more than a singles hitter.

            The whole episode is extremely distasteful to me….and I don’t need to look at Dave Martinez every game to remind me of that history.

          • cubtex

            I would imagine that has to be considered if they are serious about hiring Martinez….Wouldn’t you think?

        • 07GreyDigger

          Should that really matter that much when you hire a guy? I mean it happened 25 years ago. He’s not married to her anymore and what he does in his personal business shouldn’t matter.

          How many beloved athletes, (Kobe Bryant, Brett Favre, Michael Jordan, Tom Brady) are lowlifes? Lots of them. Yet we revere them for their talent and ability not personal business. I don’t think that should be a determining factor in this case. Especially since Sandberg manages elsewhere.

          • cubtex

            are Kobe,Favre and Jordan managing young men?
            Isn’t character important when hiring a leader for your team or organization?This is not a RF or 3B man you are talking about. You are talking about a leader for your mlb team.

          • 07GreyDigger

            Character is important. Absolutely. But I say again, that happened 25 years ago. We don’t know how Dave Martinez is now. He may have seen the consequences of happened and changed from it. He may have not. We don’t know though.

            As for coaches and character, what about Bill Belichek? He got caught videotaping the other team and his generally regarded as an a-hole. But that team wins games doesn’t it?

          • cubtex

            God knows we all have skeletons in our closet. The problem with Dave Martinez is that it is “somewhat” public knowledge that he had an affair with a teammate’s wife. Is that something that should be held against him in his quest to become a mlb manager? I don’t know the answer to that….but it is something that I am sure Theo and Hoyer have to consider and are aware of.

          • triple

            Lots of people do dumb stuff when they are young. They learn from it, and it’s part of what makes them who they are 25 years later. I don’t think that should be a concern at all, especially to third parties.

          • TheWrongGuy

            I like Dave Martinez.
            Yet Jed and Theo know:
            1) He has past history with an icon from this team. (25 years ago)
            2) He has been winning since he became the bench coach with the RAYS.
            3) His players adore him as their bench coach.
            4) He is wanting a managerial job.(It is unknown IF he is interested in the CUBS job.)
            5) If he is hired as the next manager there will be only 6 games against the Phillies.

            Those are the facts that are known.

          • SuzyS

            In reply to cubtex, grey digger, wrong guy and other readers regarding Dave Martinez….and this is my opinion only….
            The next Cubs manager is going to be under intense scrutiny….no matter who is selected…we already have the perception that the selection is far and away a number 2 choice…at best.
            In essence, the Cubs will face an uphill battle for public acceptance of that choice…no matter what.
            While Dave Martinez may be very competent professionally…
            it is already public knowledge that he has a less than stellar public persona…tied into the Cubs.
            If you hired Bill Clinton to manage a sales team at a cigar store…you might have the same problem….I’m sure he could do well at the job…but then who needs the grief?

          • 07GreyDigger

            Bill Clinton IMO was one of our better presidents and obviously he had a less than stellar personal life. I just don’t think that’s as important as we make it out to be.

          • SuzyS

            I agree with your entire statement.

  • Cubs_8

    Off topic, but do you think we could get Scherzer for Olt and Edwards?

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      I would doubt it.

    • cubtex

      plus Samardzija and another top 10 prospect and then maybe.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Glad to hear they want Bosio back.

  • SuzyS
    • cubtex

      not a surprise Suzy. I know you hate the evil Yanks but they will be right in the thick of it again. Texeira will be back, Michael Pineda should be healthy, Soriano for a full year, a ton of money to spend.

      • SuzyS

        They can’t buy a new core.
        It will take every bit of their $189mil to field a representative “Yankee” team.

        Yes they will try…but much to my satisfaction, I expect them to fall short again.

        • TheWrongGuy

          They don’t have to buy a new core. They have enough that WILL make them competitive, AGAIN. =(

        • bpot92

          What if they try and get that cuban ss simmons, the cuban 1b and Tanaka? Obviously all huge risks but ith 80 million to spend and not a great FA market, they would get younger quickly.

      • Tony_Hall

        From the article….thought you would like it.

        “He is better than Darvish because he is a strike thrower,” the scout said. “Overall, Darvish’s stuff might be a little bit better, but this guy knows how to pitch. He is like Kuroda, he has a lot of guts. He throws four pitches but when it gets to [stone]-cutting time, it’s fastball and splitter.”

        • cubtex

          Heard he has a nasty split but fastball doesn’t have a lot of movement.

          • Tony_Hall

            I was pointing out the line “He is better than Darvish….”

  • Rick Barkan

    I feel sorry for whoever turns out to be the Manager of the Cubs.

    • SuzyS

      Rick, in the sense that whoever the next manager is…will have to bear the burden of many losses…I agree with you.
      But the flip side is that person will have a fat wallet… and the opportunity to be a god if he can turn around the fortunes of the Cubs.

      So I wouldn’t feel too sorry for him.

      • Ripsnorter1

        I agree, Suzy. And just think, even if they give him just a two year contract,
        like they did Quade, he’ll be fired and get a year’s pay without working for it.

        Why feel sorry for that guy?

  • Tony_Hall

    I think our next manager will be Acta or HInch.

    That out to rile up the naysayers!

    • TheWrongGuy

      I don’t like it but it seems very possible.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Here! Here!

      Signed,
      Ripsnorter, Naysayer Extraordinaire.

  • jtrain23

    I think I like the idea of Dave Martinez the more I think about it. He is tied to the Cubs, but not the members of the front office. He does not have managerial experience, but has paid his dues under the tutelage of one of the most respected managers in the game who knows how to win with home grown players. Yes, I believe I like it.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Agreed. He’s my favorite choice so far.

  • SirGladiator

    Good to hear that Mike Maddux still wants the job, obviously he’s the go-to guy, the one who took a horrible pitching staff and made them pretty good in just a couple years. Imagine what he could do with a staff that’s already as good as ours, especially our young pitchers coming up like Hendricks and Edwards. I do agree we need a bench coach that can speak Spanish, but more than that we need somebody to teach the folks who speak Spanish how to speak English. It was beyond pathetic that the Dodger guy who hit that series-winning homer needed a translator for his post-game interview, obviously the Dodgers never taught him English. They have enough Superstars to get away with a mistake like that, we don’t, we need our guys to actually speak a common language. And in regard to the Yankees, I agree they’ll be even worse next year. Getting Texiera back isn’t really a good thing, as he hasn’t been good for a while, now he’s going to be an even older and more broken down version of himself, that doesnt figure to make him better. The Yankees do have a lot of cap room, but we’ve got a lot more cap room than they do, we can outbid them for anybody we want. The key difference is we also have young Superstars coming up, they’ve got nothing but old, over the hill guys, and their one good player, Cano, is probably going to end up with the Dodgers next year because they have absolutely limitless money. So let’s bring in Mike Maddux, a Spanish speaking Bench coach, of course we need a bigtime hitting coach as our current one is beyond terrible, and Girardi turned down a LOT of money to not have to coach in the post-season anymore. We’ll be back there long before the Yankees are, if we bring in Mike we’ll probably be there next year.

    • bpot92

      unfortunately we wont have more cap space since they stated we wont be spending alot this offseason. We would have had a ton of cap space in the old regime but we all saw how that worked out. Hopefully they make a signing like a Tanaka who is younger than most FA

  • Ripsnorter1

    HORRORS!

    JEFF BAKER DFA’D!

    Let’s check the stats, Vin…
    .279 BA….360 OBP…..545 slug…905 OPS

    11HR…

    “Off he goes, into the wild, blue, yonder…”

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