That’s according to Heyman. I have no idea what constitutes a “great” interview for a job in which the candidates are already well known and already have very public records. Maybe he answered that “where do you see yourself in five years” question better than anyone ever has. Maybe the writing sample was really, really good. Maybe the hiring partner is golf buddies with Wedge’s dad or something. It happens.
We’ve heard Wedge’s name mentioned before in connection to the Orioles’ job, but I still don’t get his appeal to them. He was to the Indians what Dave Trembley was to Baltimore: an organizational soldier with a good reputation for nurturing young players but a guy whose tactical decisions left much to be desired and who, more importantly, was never accused of over-motivating anyone.
Why Baltimore would go in Wedge’s direction when that approach just failed with Trembley is beyond me, but after the whole Loria-Valentine thing, I’ve given up on the manager handicapping business.
Per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Jake Arrieta‘s agent Scott Boras says they’ll discuss a potential contract extension with the Cubs when they meet in January to hammer out arbitration figures.
Arrieta, 30, is entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility after earning $10.7 million in 2016. The right-hander followed up his Cy Young Award-winning 2015 campaign by going 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA and a 190/76 K/BB ratio in 197 1/3 innings during the regular season. Arrieta pitched well in the postseason, helping the Cubs win their first World Series since 1908.
While Boras clients tend to go to free agency, it’s not always the case. Stephen Strasburg inked a seven-year, $175 million extension with the Nationals earlier this year.
Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports, citing a source as well as Nikkan Sports, that reliever Koji Uehara is close to signing a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Cubs.
Uehara, 41, finished the 2016 season with a 3.45 ERA and a 63/11 K/BB ratio over 47 innings. He missed some time in the second half with a strained right pectoral muscle. When Uehara returned from the disabled list on September 7, he tossed 11 scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts and two walks through the end of the regular season. So there’s at least some evidence, albeit in a very small sample size, that Uehara has stuff left in the tank.
The Cubs recently acquired closer Wade Davis from the Royals. Uehara would join Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Carl Edwards, Jr., Justin Grimm, and Mike Montgomery in what is once again a very deep bullpen.