Marlins view Tony Pena as a "serious" manager candidate

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According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com the Marlins view Tony Pena “as a serious candidate” to become their next manager.
Pena was a five-time All-Star as a player and prior to becoming the Yankees’ bench coach he managed the Royals from 2002 to 2005, winning AL manager of the year with an 83-79 record in 2003.
He then went 58-104 in 2004 and was fired following an 8-25 start in 2005, finishing his time in Kansas City with a .410 winning percentage. Of course, no one has been able to win in Kansas City for the past 15 years and in fact that flukishly mediocre 2003 is the Royals’ only winning season since 1994.
Frisaro speculates that the Marlins’ managerial search will include Pena, Bobby Valentine, and other candidates along with interim manager Edwin Rodriguez and “could last throughout the playoffs” in part because Pena wouldn’t be available until after the Yankees’ season is over.

Josh Donaldson is still seeking a long-term deal with the Blue Jays

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If it were up to him, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson would finish the remainder of his career in Toronto. In fact, he’d be “ticked pink” if the club decided to sign him to a long-term deal. Whether the Blue Jays share that sentiment is still unclear, as Donaldson said Saturday that the team has yet to engage his agent in extension talks.

“I’ve said that I wanted to be here,” he told MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. “That’s pretty much all I can say. I’m not the one who makes the decisions, nor would I try to put them in the position to do that. Like I said, I believe the situation will become more fluid when the time is right.”

That doesn’t necessarily mean an extension is out of the question. The Blue Jays reached an unprecedented one-year, $23 million agreement with the three-time All-Star in arbitration, and have been reticent to field trade offers despite continued interest from the Cardinals this winter.

Donaldson, 32, is poised to enter his eighth season in the majors and fourth with the Blue Jays. In 2017, he batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and a .944 OPS in 496 plate appearances, ranking sixth among all major league third baseman with 5.0 fWAR. He’s scheduled to enter free agency following the 2018 season.