Brewers general manager Doug Melvin is beginning to narrow the search for his club’s next manager.
According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, former Diamondbacks and Mariners manager Bob Melvin and White Sox bench coach Joey Cora are among the finalists.
Melvin began with a list of ten candidates for the position, but only four will be brought back for second interviews. It’s not known who the others may be, but Nationals third base coach Pat Listach won’t be one of them. The former Brewer told Haudricourt that he is no longer under consideration for the job.
Despite not having a manager in place, the Brewers also locked up hitting coach Dale Sveum to a two-year contract. Sveum recently interviewed for the Pirates’ managerial job, but was told Friday that he is no longer being considered. He hoped to be interviewed for the Brewers’ manager job, as well, but Melvin intends to bring in somebody from outside the organization.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.