So much for that: Larry Bowa out of running for Astros job

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Just hours after confirming that he interviewed for the Astros’ managerial opening Larry Bowa told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that he’s already out of the running for the job.

Bowa called it “a super interview” and came away “very impressed” with general manager Jeff Luhnow, but Rosenthal writes that both sides “agreed that the team needs to go with someone younger.”

Bowa is 66 years old and hasn’t managed since 2004, when the Phillies fired him late in the season.

In addition to Bowa the other known candidates to interview with the Astros are interim manager Tony DeFrancesco, Nationals third base coach Bo Porter, Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar, and Rays bench coach Dave Martinez.

The Tigers decline Anibal Sanchez’s 2018 option

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From the “this does not surprise us in the very least” department, Tigers GM Al Avila announced today that the club is declining its $16 million option on right-hander Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez had a terrible year in 2017, going 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 2017. That’s a long slide down from his 2013 season, in which he won the AL ERA title, going 14-8 and posting an ERA of 2.57 in the first year of his five-year, $80 million deal. Since then he’s gone 28-35 with a 5.15 ERA. He never started 30 games or more over the course of the contract.

The declination of the option does come with a nice parting gift for Sanchez: a $5 million buyout. Which is pretty dang high for a buyout, but that’s how the Tigers rolled three or four years ago.