The Marlins expect to have a manager in place in two weeks

5 Comments

That according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, who says that the Feesh are

in the process of shoring up their slate of contenders. Among the possibilities: Bobby Valentine, Jim Fregosi,
Bo Porter, Tony Pena, Ted Simmons, Tim Wallach and, of course, current manager Edwin Rodriguez. A couple of observations:

Within “a couple of weeks” is still the postseason. Baseball has long discouraged teams from making big announcements while the playoffs were still going on, so either the Marlins will ignore baseball’s wishes in this regard, or else they’ll decide on a guy and try to keep it quiet.  Good luck with that if it’s Bobby Valentine! We’re never more than two Google searches away from knowing what he had for breakfast, so we’ll definitely know if he’s the next Florida manager;

That list of candidates looks like a nice divide between “name guys” like Valentine, Pena and, I suppose, Fregosi and Simmons, and relatively unheralded managerial prospects, as it were, like Wallach, Porter and Rodriguez.  I wonder if Loria — clearly wanting a Valentine type going back to last summer — and the front office people — who did not — just decided that they each get their own list and they’ll narrow it down from there.

Yankees sign Adam Lind to a minor league deal. Again.

Getty Images
Leave a comment

The Yankees signed Adam Lind to a minor league deal this past offseason. Then they released him during spring training. Now they have signed him to another minor league deal. He’ll report to extended spring training where he’ll now try not to get extended released.

Lind is a platoon guy with little defensive value, but he hit .303/.362/.513 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 301 plate appearances for the Nationals last season, serving as a pinch-hitter and backup first baseman and outfielder. The injury to Greg Bird and the impending suspension of Tyler Austin — he’s currently on appeal — will likely give him at least some opportunity to show that he’s still a big leaguer.

Which, yeah, he probably still is. Or at least would be if teams didn’t have 13 and 14-man pitching staffs and actually had room for a couple of bench position players. Such is not the current game of baseball, however.