Marlins, A's among those tidying their rosters


The mass exodus has yet to begin, but a handful of teams have cleared 40-man roster spots since the regular season ended. Here are the players lopped off so far:
Athletics – LHP Brad Kilby, RHP Ross Wolf, INF Akinori Iwamura
Kilby’s July shoulder surgery must have been anything but routine; he cleared waivers even though he’s allowed just three earned runs and posted a 28/4 K/BB ratio in 25 1/3 innings as a major leaguer. I really liked his chances of turning into a strong lefty setup man before he got hurt, but his velocity was well down this year.
Blue Jays – RHP Dirk Hayhurst, INF Jarrett Hoffpauir
With baseball on the backburner following season-ending shoulder surgery in February, Hayhurst opted to write a book. The guess is that he’ll be re-signed to a minor league contract.
Hoffpauir, who hit .206/.250/.235 in 34 at-bats with the Jays this year, was claimed off waivers by the Padres. He’ll battle for a roster spot as a backup at second and third next spring.

Brewers – RHP Marco Estrada, RHP Alex Periard
The 23-year-old Periard has gotten hurt two years in a row, and he wasn’t exactly a spectacular prospect in the first place. He does have a decent sinker, but no one opted to take a shot.
Marlins – LHP Taylor Tankersley, RHP Ryan Tucker, RHP Tim Wood, C Mike Rivera, INF Hector Luna, OF Brett Carroll
Tankersley, a 2004 first-round pick, had a 2.85 ERA in 49 relief appearances as a 23-year-old rookie in 2006. It’s been downhill ever since. He missed 2009 following elbow surgery, and he gave up four homers in 12 innings as a major leaguer this year.
As previously mentioned, Tucker was picked up by the Rangers, resulting in Rich Harden getting designated for assignment. He is the one in this group with some promise left, but after being diagnosed with Raynaud’s Syndrome this spring, he proved very ineffective in the minors. He had a 6.15 ERA in seven starts at Triple-A New Orleans.
Carroll got some notice a year ago for having incredible UZR defensive numbers in about 40 games worth of playing time in the Marlins’ outfield, and he rated well in very limited action again this year. Unfortunately, he’s 28 and he’s hit just .205/.284/.325 in 319 major league at-bats.

Padres – C Chris Stewart
Making room for Hoffpauir.
Red Sox – RHP Robert Manuel, C Dusty Brown, C Kevin Cash
Manuel is an outstanding Triple-A reliever, and he hardly embarrassed himself in 10 appearances for the Red Sox this year, amassing a 4.26 ERA in 12 2/3 innings. Boston will likely offer him a minor league deal to stick around, and given that no team plucked him off waivers, he could accept it.

Last night was the highest rated World Series Game 1 since 2009

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25:  Roberto Perez #55 of the Cleveland Indians hits a three-run home run during the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs in Game One of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on October 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Major League Baseball and Fox won’t openly root for any specific team to make the World Series. But you can bet they’re pretty happy with the Cubs making it thanks to the ratings they’re delivering.

The Indians win over the Chicago in Game 1 last night drew a 12.6 overnight rating. That means, on average, 12.6 percent of the TVs in the largest 56 markets were tuned in to the game. That’s the best World Series first game rating since 2009 when the Phillies-Yankees game drew a 13.8 overnight rating. Last night’s rating was up 20% from last year’s 10.5 between the Royals-Mets and up 58% from the Giants-Royals in 2014.

Now the rooting, however quiet it may be, will continue: for the Cubs to make a series out of this so as to keep the magic numbers coming.

Twins hire Rangers assistant Thad Levine to be their new GM

BOSTON, MA - June 4: The Minnesota Twins logo is seen during the fifth inning of the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on June 4, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
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Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine has been hired as the Twins’ next General Manager. It has not been made official, but multiple outlets are reporting the hire. Levine will join Derek Falvey, who was named the Twins’ new president of baseball operations last month.

Levine has been the Rangers assistant GM since the 2005 season, working as GM Jon Daniels’ second in command. He’ll still be second in command in Minnesota, but with an elevated title as is the style of the day. He previously worked with the Rockies. He has, according to various reports, been conversant in statistical analysis as well as traditional scouting and player development. As is also the style of the day.