Davey Johnson will manage the Nationals for the rest of this season and 2012, ESPNChicago’s Nick Friedell reports.
It’ll be the first managerial gig for the 68-year-old Johnson since his two-year stint with the Dodgers ended in 2000. The one-time World Series winner with the Mets in 1986 has a career 1,148-888 record in 14 seasons as a manager.
It lopoks like a great hire for the Nationals if Johnson truly has the desire to manage again. He’s indicated in the past that he didn’t. At least when it comes to in-game tactics, Johnson should run circles around Jim Riggleman, who was one of the game’s weakest managers in that regard. The Nationals will probably try to decide on a manager of the future this winter to add as a bench coach for 2012 and then step in for Johnson the following season.
The Rangers outrighted reliever Shawn Tolleson off the 40-man roster on Wednesday. Rather than accept the assignment to Triple-A Round Rock, Tolleson has opted to become a free agent, Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake reports.
Tolleson, 28, emerged as a closer for the Rangers in 2015, but his follow-up campaign this year was dreadful. He finished with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He eventually went on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.
Despite the nightmarish season, it’s easy to see a team deciding to take a flier on Tolleson for the 2017 season.
Indians slugger Carlos Santana hasn’t played in the outfield in a major league game since 2012, but the Indians are strongly considering starting him in left field for Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on Friday, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. As the game is hosted in a National League park, there is no DH rule in effect, so the Indians might otherwise have to keep Santana on the bench.
Santana is hitless in six at-bats in the World Series thus far, but he has drawn two walks. He has overall not had a great postseason, carrying an aggregate .564 OPS in 40 plate appearances since the beginning of the playoffs. Still, during the regular season, he had an .865 OPS so he can certainly be a threat on offense at any given moment.