Manny Acta out as Indians manager

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In August, Indians GM Chris Antonetti said that Manny Acta would be back as manager for 2013.  August was a loooong time ago, apparently, because the team just announced that he will not be back for 2013.  Sandy Alomar Jr. will replace Acta for the final few games of the season.

The Indians totally cratered in the second half. They went 5-24 in August and are 10-14 in September.  Maybe no manager could have saved this team, but when you skid out of control like that, someone is likely to be held accountable.

As for the future: Alomar was a popular candidate when Acta was hired, has been mentioned as a managerial candidate elsewhere and is much-loved in Cleveland.  This may be a short audition in the run up to being made the permanent skipper.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.