Does Jerry Manuel deserve a contract extension?

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No, he doesn’t. And I apologize for a headline that would even suggest that I think he does. But that’s the question SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt poised on his Twitter account today:

Does Jerry Manuel deserve a contract extension?
Ill ask him on pre-game tonight.

Even better than poising the question rhetorically is asking Manuel himself.  I would probably pay $50 to hear Manuel say something like this:

Well, Kevin, I don’t. Our recent surge has far more to do with some key roster moves, the rotation really stepping things up and, let’s be honest, a weekend series against the Orioles didn’t hurt.  I’d say I’m a good fifth or sixth on the list of people who should get credit for us being in second place.  Really, a lot of managers could do it.”

Well, a boy can dream, can’t he?

Indians sign Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal

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The Indians have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal. The pact is pending a physical.

Cabrera, 33, went unsigned this past offseason after putting up a season of .285/.324/.423 with 17 homers and 85 RBI with the White Sox and the Royals.

Cabrera will report to Columbus once he passes his physical and, according to Paul Hoynes, there are no guarantees being made to him that he’ll get playing time. That said, the Indians aren’t getting much outfield production from anyone besides Michael Brantley, and Cabrera’s status as a switch hitter would give Terry Francona some flexibility, so it would not be shocking to see him on the big club after some reps in the minors.