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.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Indians have expressed interest in Asdrubal Cabrera.
Cabrera, who began his career in Cleveland, would be a utility guy. Which is not exactly the Indians’ greatest need — they need a starting pitcher above all else — but improvement is improvement. Not much improvement in Cabrera’s case as he’s hitting .250/.333/.398 with nine homers in 70 games this season, but that’s useful if he’s cool with a strictly utility role. Which he’d have to be given that the Indians are solid at second, third and short.
Cabrera would come pretty cheaply of course. Partially because he’s not major piece, partially because he sort of hilariously demanded a trade last month. In large part because he wants to play shortstop which, now that I think about it, may complicate this whole “Cabrera for a utility role” idea the Indians seem to have.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports that the Rangers “have started reaching out to teams potentially interested in acquiring” Yu Darvish.
Texas is only 4.5 games out of the second Wild Card slot, but there are five teams ahead of them and they’ve really never had any traction this year. Such is not the stuff on which a team bases an all-in playoff run. Darvish, meanwhile, is in his walk year, so the Rangers have some incentive to get value for him. Passan says the Astros, Brewers, Yankees, Indians, Rockies and Dodgers could have interest in him, but really, he’d improve any contender.
Darvish is 6-8 with a 3.45 ERA and 131 strikeouts and 42 walks in 125.1 innings.