According to a report from Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the Yankees will not grant the Cubs permission to talk to Joe Girardi about managing the team if they ask. Feinsand reported the Yankees are not willing to give the Cubs a chance to lure Girardi away “while they are trying to hammer out a new deal to retain the manager.”
Reports Wednesday night and early Thursday morning suggested the Cubs are prepared to make Joe Girardi one of the two, if not the highest paid manager in all of baseball, and will not let the Yankees outbid them. But the Cubs cannot officially speak with Girardi until November 1 because he is under contract until the end of the month. A report from the Sun-Times indicated the Cubs have been communicating with Girardi through back channels.
Andrew Marchand reported on Thursday afternoon that he expects a decision from Girardi shortly, maybe by this weekend, and he confirmed the Yankees “are hesitant to grant Girardi permission” to talk with the Cubs while he is under contract.
The Cubs claimed Mat Gamel off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday and added him to a long list of players on the 60-day DL. Gamel is recovering from a torn ACL and spent the season on the disabled list. Gamel was rated as the third best prospect in the Brewers system prior to the 2010 season and many thought he would have a very good big league career before injuries derailed his career.
With the addition of Gamel, the Cubs now have seven players on their roster currently on the 60-day DL. The Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 40 players and the deadline to reinstate players from the 60-day DL is five days after the conclusion of the World Series.
The Cubs will have decisions to make on Gamel, Rafael Dolis, Zach Putnam and Thomas Neal. Matt Guerrier is on the 60-day DL but is set to become a free agent. Guerrier said in August that he would like to re-sign with the Cubs in the off-season and knows he would have to ink a minor league deal with an invite to big league camp in order to work his way onto the roster.
Kyuji Fujikawa and Arodys Vizcaino will be reinstated from the 60-day DL.
As soon as the final out of the World Series is made, the Cubs figure to have six spots open up on the 40-man roster. Eligible players become free agents at the conclusion of the Fall Classic and the Cubs currently have six players on the active roster that will hit the open market this off-season … Scott Baker, Kevin Gregg, Dioner Navarro, Donnie Murphy, Darnell McDonald and Ryan Sweeney.
Before the coaching change, the Cubs were thought to be interested in bringing back Scott Baker, Dioner Navarro and Ryan Sweeney.
Dave McKay spoke with ESPN Chicago about being fired on Monday when the Cubs’ front office let go of Dale Sveum and his coaching staff. The front office is expected to recommend that the new manager consider McKay for one of the spots on his coaching staff.
McKay said the news about the change in manager came as a surprise and he was “pretty much crushed” for Dale Sveum. McKay liked the effort that Sveum gave and said he feels bad for him because “he put his heart and soul into this thing.” McKay thinks Sveum will have the opportunity to call the shots for another big league team.
Dave McKay said he would listen to the Cubs if they call and is open to returning.
Arizona Fall League
The AFL season begins on Tuesday, October 8, and the Cubs announced on Thursday that Lendy Castillo had been added to the Mesa Solar Sox’s roster and replaces Arodys Vizcaino. The Cubs decided to have Vizcaino pitch in the Fall Instructional League so they could monitor his rehab better than they would have been able to in the AFL.
Lendy Castillo joins fellow hurlers Dallas Beeler, Matt Loosen and Armando Rivero as representatives of the Cubs’ system along with Kris Bryant, Albert Almora, Jorge Soler and Wes Darvill.