Dave Magadan has been the Red Sox’s hitting coach since 2007 and he’ll keep the job despite never working with new manager Bobby Valentine before.
Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Valentine called Magadan today to offer the job and he gladly accepted, saying: “It was good to get a vote of confidence from the front office, and Bobby concurring with the way they felt.”
Boston has made sweeping changes this offseason, but letting Magadan go would have been an odd move after leading league in runs, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage this year despite being without Kevin Youkilis for 40 games and getting little production from Carl Crawford. They also ranked second, third, second, and third in scoring during Magadan’s first four seasons on the job.
Magadan retired as a player in 2001 and Valentine’s last season as a manager was 2002.
The Phillies have signed free agent outfielder Michael Saunders.
Saunders was an All-Star in 2016 due to his wonderful start, but he cratered in the second half of the season. Overall is numbers looked good — he hit 24 homers and posted a line of .253/.338/.478, but his second half line was .178/.282/.357 in 58 games. He’s not the best defender around either.
The Phillies could use him, however, and if he has another red hot first half, there’s a decent chance they could flip him if they wanted to.
It was first reported that the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista were close to a deal last night. Now Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is near completion. It will likely a two-year contract in the $35-40 million range.
Bautista had a tough 2016, hitting .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBI, and some clubs likely considered a long-term deal for the 36-year-old too risky, this leading to the relative lack of reported interest in Bautista by other clubs. But back-to-back ALCS appearances by the Jays and the success and popularity Bautista has experienced in Toronto make his re-signing there a pretty sensible move for all involved.
The Jays, who already lost Edwin Encarnacion to free agency, get their slugger back on a short term deal. Unlike anyone else, they don’t have to give up the draft pick attached to him via the qualifying offer. Bautista, in turn, will make, on average, more than he would’ve made on the qualifying offer if he would’ve accepted it and a raise over the $14 million he made in 2016.