Jason Giambi “remains a candidate” for Rockies’ managerial opening, likely to interview soon

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Troy Renck of the Denver Post suggested earlier this week that Jason Giambi, who hasn’t even officially retired from baseball, might be a candidate to fill the Rockies’ managerial vacancy following Jim Tracy’s sudden resignation. And now that suggestion by Renck has morphed into more of an actual report.

Renck writes in a Sunday column that Giambi “remains a candidate for the Rockies’ manager job until he’s ruled out” and will likely have an interview with team officials at some point over the next week.

Giambi might not seem like the managerial type, given his ties to the BALCO case and a reputation for hard-partying, but Renck says he’s spent the past three years as a “coach-in-training,” mapping out potential moves in his head throughout games. Renck also says Giambi has transformed his personal life.

Sandy Alomar Jr., Tim Wallach and Brad Ausmus are also thought to be in the mix for the job.

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.