In a relative no-brainer, the Royals have picked up the $6 million option on David DeJesus for next season, according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star.
DeJesus, who turns 31 in December, needed season-ending surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb after he
crashed into the outfield wall at Yankee Stadium on July 22. He
was batting .318/.354/.443 with five home runs and 37 RBI before
suffering the injury.
Factoring in his above average outfield defense, DeJesus is well worth retaining for the price of $6 million, but just because the Royals exercised the option doesn’t mean he will return. Remember, the Royals discussed trading DeJesus to a number of teams before the injury, so it’s possible that they could revisit those talks this winter.
The Yankees interviewed Aaron Boone for their managerial vacancy on Friday, and today it was Chris Woodward’s turn. That makes at least five interviews since the offseason began, and Woodward’s likely won’t be the last.
Like fellow candidate Eric Wedge, whom the Yankees interviewed just last week, Woodward has never played or coached for the club. He spent the majority of his 12-year career with the Blue Jays and picked up brief stints with the Mets, Braves, Mariners and Red Sox before returning to Toronto for his final season in 2011. Following retirement, he served as the Mariners’ minor league infield coordinator and infield and first base coach from 2012-2015. During the 2015 offseason, he jumped over to the National League to work with the Dodgers as a third base coach, and saw his first postseason run since the Mets lost to the Dodgers in the 2006 NLDS.
While Woodward has yet to manage at the major league level, he was named manager of the New Zealand national team during the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifiers. It’s certainly conceivable that the Yankees would prefer a candidate with significant experience leading a major league team, but right now the only person who fits that bill is Eric Wedge — and, well, it’s Eric Wedge.