The firing of Cubs general manager Jim Hendry yesterday has immediately led to speculation about some potential high-profile successors. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is in the final year of his contract and while there hasn’t been any talk about an extension yet, he told the New York Daily News yesterday that he has no desire to walk away.
“I have a job and I’ve been proud to be associated with this franchise,” Cashman said Friday. “I’m not looking to remove myself from this franchise.”
“Every year my contract has expired, there have been unnamed experts that throw hand grenades about their suspicions with what I’m going to do,” Cashman said. “At some point, they’ve always been wrong.”
We have also heard speculation linking the Cubs to Pat Gillick, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported yesterday that “it’s doubtful that he would even consider the Cubs” because the Hall of Fame GM “is happy as a special advisor with the Phillies.”
We’ll likely hear plenty of names in the days ahead, but one of the early favorites is White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn, who interviewed for the Mets’ general manager vacancy last year. According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, White Sox GM Ken Williams called Hahn “one of the most qualified men to assume the position moving forward.”
The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced that they’ve acquired minor league catcher John Ryan Murphy from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league pitcher Gabriel Moya.
Murphy has played in 141 major league games across four seasons, three with the Yankees, one with Minnesota. He has spent the entire 2017 season at Triple-A, hitting .222/.298/.330 with four home runs and 27 RBI over 59 games. Which is not significantly different than what he did in the bigs. He’s 26 and will serve as organizational depth for Arizona.
Moya is a 22 year-old lefty who has been the closer for the Dbacks’ Double-A team. He’s had a fantastic 2017 season, posting a 0.82 ERA and a 68/12 K/BB ratio in 43.2 innings.
The White Sox have traded multiple relievers recently. They just traded another, sending lefty Dan Jennings to the Rays for first baseman Casey Gillaspie.
Jennings has a 3.45 ERA and a 38/19 K/BB ratio in 44.1 innings. He’ll likely serve as a setup man with Tampa Bay. He’s more than a rental, as he’s under team control for two more years.
Gillaspie, 24, is hitting .227/.296/.357 with nine home runs in 395 plate appearances at Triple-A. He hit much better in 2016 at Triple-A, however, and made it on some top-100 prospects lists. What the White Sox’ plans for him are with Jose Abreu around, however, are unclear.