D.J. brought us the initial story on Saturday. Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly has pulled himself out of the running for the Cubs’ vacancy at manager. But why?
Brenly won a World Series with the Diamondbacks in 2001 and has a
303-262 career managerial record. He seems to enjoy the stress-free
side of baseball, but it’s not like broadcasting is a completely relaxed gig and it seems like a perfect time for a guy with his level of past success to step into one of baseball’s premier coaching gigs.
Maybe, as the Northwest Indiana Times points out, it’s because Brenly has made comments in the broadcast
booth about players like Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez — comments that would make things difficult in a transition to the clubhouse. Brenly did call the Cubs a “dead-ass” team on June 25
after Carlos Zambrano’s dugout tirade.
The Cubs weren’t kidding when they said that their search for a new manager would be a long and wide-reaching process. Several candidates have already been interviewed and others will join the party as the regular season winds down. For now, though, Brenly is out.
The Red Sox are expecting to go to an arbitration hearing with left-handed reliever Fernando Abad, per Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said there was a “decent chance” a hearing would be necessary after countering Abad’s $2.7 million request with $2 million.
Abad, 31, pitched just 12 2/3 innings for Boston after the club acquired him from Minnesota at the trade deadline last season. The lefty earned a cumulative 3.66 ERA, 4.2 BB/9 and 7.9 SO/9 for the two teams in 2016. He received $1.25 million in 2016 and will remain under club control (through arbitration) in 2017. A $2.7 million salary would be a hefty increase for the veteran reliever, who has seen a significant decline since he put up a 1.57 ERA for the Athletics in 2014 and who has not amassed more than 0.6 fWAR in any single season to date.
While the Red Sox aren’t close to settling with Abad, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports that they may be closing in on a settlement with left-handed starter Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz filed at $5.7 million, while the Sox felt more comfortable at $3.6 million. The two are expected to meet somewhere in the middle to avoid an arbitration hearing later this winter.
The Braves reportedly have a deal in place with free agent catcher Kurt Suzuki, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal adds that the contract is for one year, $1.5 million with up to $2.5 million in additional incentives.
Suzuki, 33, completed a three-year track with the Twins in 2016, slashing .258/.301/.403 with eight home runs in 373 PA. The veteran backstop likely won’t provide an offensive or defensive upgrade over current starter Tyler Flowers, but should give the Braves some depth at a position they’ve been looking to strengthen since the start of the offseason.
The team has yet to confirm the deal.