John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that the Reds have offered manager Dusty Baker a contract extension.
Baker, in the final season of a three-year deal, wouldn’t say Wednesday whether it is a multi-year offer or just a one-year proposal, but he did acknowledge that he is considering it.
“We’re still evaluating it,” he said. “I’ve got to look at where we’re going, and what I want to do. I’m concentrating on winning, I’ve said that all along. Everything is cool. It will work out.”
The veteran skipper has led the Reds to an impressive 68-51 record this season and an even more impressive 2.5-game lead over the heavily-favored Cardinals in the National League Central. That success has more to do with breakout years by Joey Votto and the entire Cincinnati pitching staff, but Baker must be doing something right. And it only makes sense for him to return for at least the 2011 season.
This is happening, people.
Earlier we heard Joe Maddon being non-committal about Kyle Schwarber joining the Cubs for the World Series. Now it seems pretty clear that the Cubs are committal indeed: Jon Morosi reports that Schwarber is en route to Cleveland from Arizona on a private jet and that he’s expected to DH in Game 1 tomorrow night.
Schwarber hasn’t played in a game that counted since April 7. His potent bat is could be a windfall for a Cubs team that didn’t have a game-changing option at DH in the American League park.
Schwarber lost the whole season due to a knee injury, but he hit .246/.355/.487 with 16 homers and 43 RBI in 69 games as a rookie in 2015. His big coming out party was in the playoffs, however, when he hit three homers in five postseason games while going 7-for-13 with two walks in five games.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Indians First Baseman/DH Carlos Santana shagged some flyballs in left field during the Indians’ workout today.
Sure, why not? Santana has played one game in the outfield in his major league career and that was over four years ago, but the Indians will have to play in Chicago without the DH, meaning either losing Santana’s bat or that of Mike Napoli.
It would be up to Terry Francona to decide if that happens, but ultimately I don’t think he’ll make it real and, rather, will just forget about it, because Santana’s defense out there would in no way be smooth.
I’m sorry. I’m sick today and I’m on a lot of cold medicine.