Ken Macha is all but gone. The Brewers should hire Ryne Sandberg


File this under the “no surprises” department, but our suspicion that Ken Macha will be fired by the Brewers is being bolstered this morning by Buster Olney’s report that “unless there is a last-hour change of heart on the part of the Brewers, Manager Ken Macha will not be retained.”

I’d guess that the only last-hour change of heart that would matter is if Prince Fielder says that he’ll sign a five-year, $50 million contract with the Brewers but ONLY if Ken Macha stays. So yeah, good luck with that. Olney also repeats something else we’ve heard: Willie Randolph doesn’t want the Brewers job (we’ve heard previously that they don’t him so that’s lucky).

I have no idea who the Brewers would want, but if the Cubs hire Mike Quade, wouldn’t it be awesome if they went and poached Ryne Sandberg from the Cubs?  Nothin’ like poking a hornet’s nest, eh?

Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

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Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.

The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.

That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.