Ryne Sandberg will return as Phillies’ Triple-A manager


In an expected move, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com confirms that Ryne Sandberg will remain with the Phillies as manager of their Triple-A affiliate in Lehigh Valley. It was made official when the Phillies announced their player development staff earlier today.

Sandberg has been passed over for big-league manager gigs in back-to-back offseasons. While he interviewed earlier this month for the Cardinals’ job which eventually went to Mike Matheny, the Hall of Fame second baseman was not a candidate with either the Red Sox or the Cubs.

Sandberg will undoubtedly be floated as a possibility for managerial openings in the majors again next offseason, but Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer recently hinted that if he remains with the Phillies, he could be the successor to Charlie Manuel, who turns 68 in January and is signed through the 2013 season.

Indians release Mike Napoli

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The Cleveland Indians have released Mike Napoli.

This is not terribly surprising as he was seen as a depth move to begin with. Injury insurance for Yonder Alonso at first base and Edwin Encarnacion at DH, neither of whom are injured at the moment. Napoli was on a minor league contract and the Indians made it clear that, if he can’t find a major league job elsewhere, he’s welcome to come back and cool his heels in Columbus in the event he’s needed later.

Which may be what happens if he wants to keep playing because, after a season in which he hit .193/.285/.428, and a spring in which he hit .218/.310/.431, there aren’t likely to be a ton of takers.