Terry Francona beat out Sandy Alomar for the Indians’ manager job, but Alomar expects to stay in Cleveland as part of Francona’s coaching staff.
“I’m a professional with one more year on my contract,” Alomar told Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I expect to come back. Terry said he wants me on the staff.”
Francona and general manager Chris Antonetti both confirmed that they want Alomar back, although it’s possible he’ll wait a while to see if any other teams show interest in him as a manager.
During the interview process Alomar was effusive in his praise of Francona, saying he couldn’t compete with the former Red Sox manager’s track record and experience while adding that “obviously anybody would want a Terry Francona.”
Maybe he was just being honest or maybe he figured Francona was all but assured to land the job and it couldn’t hurt to praise the new manager, but either way it sounds like Alomar has a job waiting for him in Cleveland.
The Blue Jays have signed outfielder Michael Saunders to a minor-league deal, per a club announcement.
Saunders, of course, played for the Blue Jays in 2015 and 2016, putting up a line of .250/.336/.461 in 594 plate appearances. It was his good play in the first half of 2016, in fact, which earned him an All-Star spot and, presumably, made the Phillies think he was worth the $9 million deal they gave him over the offseason. That didn’t work out, as he hit .205/.257/.360 over 61 games and was released last week.
The Phillies will pay the rest of that $9 million. The Jays will see if he has anything in the tank to help them out.
The Giants have placed closer Mark Melancon on the 10-day disabled list with a right pronator strain.
This is the same injury that sent him to the disabled list last month. He came back from that quickly, but it can’t be great that this is happening again. You have to assume he’ll miss more time given the recurrence of trouble. He’s going to get an MRI too. Sam Dyson is expected to serve as the Giants’ closer while Melancon is sidelined.
Melancon has a 4.35 ERA and 11 saves in 22 appearances this year. He signed a four-year, $62 million deal with San Francisco last December.