After finishing runner-up to Mike Quade in the Cubs’ manager search Ryne Sandberg reportedly turned down Chicago’s offer to remain the manager at Triple-A and talked about wanting to find a big-league job instead.
All of which is why it’s surprising to see Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer report that Sandberg “is among the candidates for the Phillies’ managerial vacancy at Triple-A.”
Brookover notes that the Phillies also have an opening on their big-league coaching staff following the departure of first base coach Davey Lopes, but as Craig wrote this morning that job seems likely to go to Juan Samuel or Mariano Duncan.
Sandberg spent 15 seasons in Chicago and went into the Hall of Fame wearing a Cubs hat, but actually began his career with the Phillies. Philadelphia selected him in the 20th round of the 1978 draft before trading him and Larry Bowa to the Cubs for Ivan DeJesus in January of 1982.
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.