The Marlins traded two minor leaguers to the White Sox to make Ozzie Guillen their manager and gave their new skipper a four-year, $10 million contract. Now, just one year into the deal, they could be in for a messy divorce.
FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins are considering canning the controversial Guillen and replacing him with a first-time manager, such as Mike Lowell, Bo Porter or Brad Ausmus.
It’d be ironic if Lowell replaced Guillen in Miami so soon after Robin Ventura took over for him in Chicago. The two have practically the same credentials: both were All-Star third baseman, both spent the bulk of their careers with the team they’d be managing and both had no managing experience prior to being considered.
Miami’s shakeup would follow a very disappointing season in which they were expected to contend for the NL East crown. Instead, they’re currently in last place in the division with a 66-84 record. It was reported Thursday by USATODAY’s Bob Nightengale that the team would fire club president Larry Beinfest.
Every now and then, The Players’ Tribune runs a “five toughest” feature. In 2015, David Ortiz listed the five toughest pitchers he ever faced. Last month, Christian Yelich wrote up the five toughest pitchers in the NL East. Now, it’s Ian Kinsler‘s turn with the five toughest pitchers in the AL Central.
Kinsler goes into detail explaining why each pitcher is difficult to face, so hop over to The Players’ Tribune for his reasoning. His list
Presumably, Kinsler intentionally omitted his Tiger teammates from the list. He has faced Justin Verlander a fair amount earlier in his career, and he has only a .176/.333/.235 batting line in 42 plate appearances against the right-hander. Verlander’s stuff is often described as tough to hit in one phrase or another. Kinsler has also struggled against Indians starter Carlos Carrasco (.590 OPS), but one can understand why he would be omitted from a list of five given who was already listed.
Angels first baseman C.J. Cron hit a grand slam against the Mets on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to keep his spot on the major league roster as the club announced his demotion to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday. Infielder Nolan Fantana has been promoted from Salt Lake.
Cron, 27, was hitting a disappointing .232/.281/.305 with one home run and RBI in 90 plate appearances. I guess you can say that wasn’t the kind of Cron job the Angels were expecting. Cron was an above-average hitter in each of his first three seasons, finishing with an OPS+, or adjusted OPS, of 111, 106, and 115 (100 is average).
While Cron is figuring things out in the minors, Luis Valbuena, Jefry Marte, and Albert Pujols could each see some time at first base.