The Orioles offer Kevin Gregg two years, $8-10 million

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Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have offered reliever Kevin Gregg between $8-10 million a year for a two-year deal. (note: Yikes! Sorry for scaring you people. It’s that much for both years, not each year).

Gregg is OK, but nothing special, having saved 37 games in 43 chances last year. He is by no means a mortal lock when he comes to close out a game, but he has a good strikeout rate and is durable. Like a lot of the moves the O’s are making, this is a lower risk move. A guy with no super upside, but no super downside.

More interesting is the matter of who closes, assuming Gregg accepts the offer. The Orioles just re-signed Koji Uehara yesterday, and he did a pretty good job as the closer down the stretch. And Mike Gonzalez, though on the outs after his injury-filled and often ineffective year, is still owed a good deal of money for 2011.

Report: Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as new manager

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The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.

Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.

According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.

The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.