Depending on what you hear right now, Nationals interim manager John McLaren may or may not be leaving the organization.
Major-league sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that McLaren will likely resign when the Nationals name Davey Johnson as their new manager.
McLaren, who was ejected in the eighth inning during his first game as interim manager last night, reportedly plans to step aside out of loyalty to Riggleman as well as “his overall frustration with the Nationals’ situation.” Of course, McLaren served as bench coach under Riggleman, so the Nationals may need to settle on a replacement for the major league staff.
Meanwhile, Bill Ladson of MLB.com hears that McLaren is “not leaving the Nationals,” so it’s possible that he will stay with the organization in another capacity.
Johnson could take over as manager as soon as Monday, though the Nationals have yet to make an official announcement. The reported reason for the delay is because Johnson’s agent is currently in Japan.
UPDATE, 8:05 PM: Amanda Comack of the Washington Times has confirmed that McLaren is staying with the Nationals in a front office role.
Veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon was released from his minor league deal with the Rangers on Saturday, MLB.com’s TR Sullivan reports. Despite his strong showing in spring training, Colon wasn’t considered a lock to make the Opening Day rotation. This may not be the end of his time with the team, however — according to multiple reports, the Rangers have expressed their desire to restructure a minor league deal with the right-hander and could work out an arrangement to keep him on as bullpen and Triple-A depth this season.
Colon, 44, is preparing for his 21st year in the majors. He split his 2017 campaign with the Braves and Twins, posting a cumulative 7-14 record in 28 starts and finishing the season with a 6.48 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 5.6 SO/9 in 143 innings. While those numbers were some of the worst he’d seen since 2009, the veteran righty made a compelling case in camp this spring, holding batters to six earned runs, four home runs, two walks and 10 strikeouts in 18 innings.
The Rangers are expected to open the season with a rotation comprised of Cole Hamels, Doug Fister, Matt Moore, Mike Minor and Martin Perez. Perez is working his way back from an elbow injury in his non-throwing arm and is slated to miss his first start of the season, which would provide a brief window of opportunity for Colon when the Rangers hit the road in April.