Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports this morning that Dale Sveum, who coached for the Sox back when they won the title in 2004, is on Boston’s list of candidates to replace Terry Francona as manager.
Interesting. On the one hand, Sveum wasn’t too popular with the fans when he left after the 2005 season, having been accused of being way too eager to send runners home while manning the third base coach’s box. On the other hand, in that press conference I mentioned this morning, Sox’ owner John Henry said that he would likely look for a “player’s manager” who could relate with the guys in the clubhouse. Sveum currently coaches for the Brewers, who are, generally speaking, thought to have a player-friendly atmosphere, not unlike the kind that exists in Boston.
I imagine a lot of names will spin out in the coming weeks, but this one was somewhat surprising to me. Not good, not bad, just surprising.
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.