6:30 p.m. EST: The Red Sox are denying that they’ve eliminated Gene Lamont from contention for the vacancy. Lamont also says he hasn’t heard anything from the Red Sox suggesting that he’s out of the mix.
It’s down to Bobby Valentine and, umm…., Bobby Valentine?
Sources told ESPN’s Karl Ravech that Gene Lamont is no longer a candidate to take over as Boston’s manager. With Torey Lovullo also out of the running, Valentine is the only remaining known candidate for the job.
Ravech’s sources said Valentine has yet to be offered the job, but that such a move appears imminent.
Valentine, who worked for ESPN last season, would be returning to the dugout for the first time since 2002. He went 581-605 with the Rangers from 1985-1992 and 536-467 with the Mets from 1996-2002. He took the Mets to the World Series as a wild card in 2000, but he’s never managed a first-place team.
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.