Jason Isringhausen gets contract offer after throwing for Reds

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Jason Isringhausen threw a bullpen session in front of the Reds’ brass yesterday and general manager Walt Jocketty liked what he saw enough to offer the 37-year-old former Cardinals closer a contract.
“We’re waiting to hear back from his agent to see what he wants to do,” Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “We’ll know in next day or so.” Jocketty, who was the GM in St. Louis during Isringhausen’s prime, said “he looked good” but “is a long ways from being able to pitch in a game.”
Dusty Baker said: “He looked good for a guy who’s been out a while. He looked strong.”
Pitching coach Bryan Price said: “It looks like he could go out and pitch somewhere. It didn’t take him long to get loose and ready. He looked very healthy to me.”
That somewhere will probably be Triple-A, assuming that Isringhausen accepts the Reds’ offer. He reportedly has a few other teams interested.

Report: Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as new manager

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The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.

Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.

According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.

The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.