Report: D'Backs could give up Scherzer for Jackson

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The Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro believes there’s something to rumors that the Diamondbacks could part with Max Scherzer in a trade for Edwin Jackson.
The deal simply wouldn’t work as a one-for-one. Scherzer is just as talented as Jackson, if not more so, and he still has give years to go until free agency, whereas Jackson has just two. Of course, salaries play a role there as well. Scherzer will make the minimum for two more years, and Jackson is due at least $5 million next year and $8 million-$10 million in 2011 if he has another strong season.
So how might a deal work? A third team would probably have to be involved. Scherzer would have to be attractive to the Tigers, perhaps attractive enough to get them to part with Curtis Granderson as well. Maybe if the Cubs sent Angel Guzman to Detroit and Sean Marshall and a prospect or two to Arizona? The Angels want Granderson as well and would be another team that could get involved.
Expect to hear more about this one in the coming hours. There have been too many Jackson-to-Arizona whispers to ignore.

Report: Red Sox expected to hire Alex Cora after World Series

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox have offered a contract to Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora, though the deal won’t be officially announced until the conclusion of the World Series later this month. Cora has long been a favorite for the Sox’ managerial vacancy, and despite reports that he was being pursued by the Tigers, Mets, Phillies and Nationals, he’s expected to land in Boston after all. The team has yet to verify the report.

The deal is for three years, per the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. Cora is coming off of a one-year gig with the Astros and has no prior managerial experience. More importantly, however, he stands out for his familiarity with the Red Sox’ organization, strong connection with players and analytics-driven approach.

The Red Sox are the second team to replace their manager this offseason after the Tigers snatched up Ron Gardenhire on Friday. The Mets, Phillies and Nationals are still hunting for replacements.