With a lineup that features very little power and a rotation that is without a veteran presence, the Athletics’ 70-70 record this season is actually quite good. And quite surprising. Thus, manager Bob Geren is going to be brought back for the 2011 season.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A’s have exercised Geren’s option for 2011.
Geren has led Oakland to an uninspiring 296-329 record over his three-plus years in yellow and green, but the club’s higher-ups obviously feel that he is the right man to lead a young A’s roster into the next decade.
The 58-year-old Geren played for the Yankees and Padres during a five-year major league career. He got into coaching in the mid-90s, starting in the Red Sox’s minor league system and eventually shifting to the A’s organization in 2000.
Free agent reliever Sean Burnett signed a minor-league pact with the Marlins on Saturday. Per MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, the left-hander is slated to begin the season in extended spring training and will work toward a role in the majors.
Burnett, 35, has not appeared in full-time role in MLB since 2012. He last pitched for a big league team in 2016, surfacing for 5 2/3 innings with the Nationals before returning to the minors. Despite signing a minor-league deal with the Phillies last spring, he failed to make the Opening Day roster and was released prior to the start of the season.
Complicating Burnett’s return is a slew of chronic elbow issues. The left-hander has dealt with everything from bone spurs to a torn UCL over the last six years, and will need to take things slowly in the minors before the Marlins consider adding him to the bullpen this season.