Bobby Valentine is looking for work

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Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com penned an excellent piece on former Mets and Rangers manager Bobby Valentine,
who recently agreed to part ways with the Chiba Lotte Marines of
Japan’s Pacific League after this season. As a result, the 59-year-old
Valentine is on the hunt for a job in the United States, whether on television or managing a major league team.




“That would be ideal. I still work out every day. I don’t drink and eat too much, so
I think I can do that. I can be on the field. I can deal with the young
people and do the thing I love the most. And if not, maybe I’ll have to
talk about people who are doing the thing they love to do the most.”




And what about those Mets fans jonesin’ for a reunion? Not so fast, according to general manager Omar Minaya:



“No, no, not here. I’m very happy with Jerry Manuel. That’s not even a consideration.”




After being asked if Valentine would even be considered as a consultant, Minaya said:



“The way my staff is set up now, I don’t see that happening, no.”



Minaya is saying exactly what he is
supposed to say (for once), but casually dismissing Valentine isn’t the way to go here. Valentine enjoys overwhelming popularity among Mets
fans who would gladly welcome his return in any capacity. He was even rumored for the top job
before the Mets hired Willie Randolph in 2004. For him to not even to be a
consideration during the off-season would be blatant stupidity and
disrespect to one of the franchise’s most beloved figures.

Report: Arquimedes Caminero likely to sign with Yomiuri Giants

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 21: Arquimedes Caminero #48 of the Seattle Mariners delivers a pitch during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Safeco Field on August 21, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. The Brewers won the game 7-6. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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Mariners’ right-hander Arquimedes Caminero is nearing a deal with the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune. The club has reportedly agreed to sell the 29-year-old’s contract, Dutton writes, though no official move has been announced by either team yet. Caminero is under club control through 2020 and currently ineligible for arbitration.

The right-hander began the 2016 season with the Pirates but was sent to the Mariners in a trade for Seattle minor leaguers Jake Brentz and Pedro Vasquez in order to clear space in the Bucs’ bullpen. With the Mariners, Caminero produced a 3.66 ERA and 8.2 K/9 through 19 2/3 innings in the second half of the year. Although he boasts an electric fastball, one which consistently averaged 98.7 m.p.h. in 2016, his success rate has been tempered by poor control throughout his major league career. According to Dutton, the Mariners’ willingness to sell Caminero’s contract was a strong indication that they did not see him as a viable contender for their 2017 bullpen or as a potential trade chip further down the line.

Should the deal go through, the right-hander will be the second former Mariner to sign with a Japanese club for the 2017 season. Per Dutton’s report, outfielder Stefen Romero also picked up a contract with the Orix Buffaloes of NPB in late November.

Gerrit Cole set to begin throwing program

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 24:  Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates sits in the dugout in the second inning during the game against the Houston Astros at PNC Park on August 24, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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During the Pirates’ FanFest on Saturday, right-hander Gerrit Cole announced that he is back up to full health after being shut down with elbow inflammation in September. Per Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Cole said he’ll start a throwing program on Monday as he works on regaining his form for the 2017 season.

The 26-year-old pitched through 116 innings for the Pirates in 2016, delivering a 3.88 ERA and 2.5 WARP before landing on the disabled list in June with a triceps strain and again in August with elbow inflammation. It was a steep drop for the right-hander, who saw a considerable spike in his ERA and BB/9 rate and struggled to strike out batters at the 8.7 mark he managed in 2015.

The upside? Inflammation was the worst of Cole’s issues in 2016, and while the newfound health issues didn’t help his case for an extension, a more serious injury doesn’t appear to be on the horizon.