Mike Redmond, who spent the first seven of his 13 big-league seasons with the Marlins, will be brought in to interview for Ozzie Guillen’s old job.
MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro calls Redmond “a strong frontrunner” for the job. He says Reds pitching coach Bryan Price is also getting consideration.
Redmond spent this season managing Single-A Dunedin in the Blue Jays’ system. The 41-year-old retired two years ago after hitting .287/.342/.358 with 13 homers in 2,264 at-bats with the Marlins, Twins and Indians. A backup catcher, he never started more than 74 games in a season.
Free agent reliever Bryan Shaw has received two multiyear offers, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The teams in question have not been revealed, but the demand for Shaw is expected to be high as he comes off of a career-best season.
The 30-year-old right-hander went 4-6 in 79 appearances for the Indians, drawing a 3.52 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 in 76 2/3 innings. He ranked 12th among qualified relievers with 1.6 fWAR, his highest mark to date, and proved instrumental in helping the club reach their second consecutive division title in 2017.
The Mets are the last known team to show interest in Shaw, as the New York Post’s Mike Puma reported Wednesday. Nothing has been officially confirmed by the club yet, naturally, but they could still use a couple of arms to round out the bullpen behind Jerry Blevins, AJ Ramos and Jeurys Familia and it’s worth noting that the right-hander has already worked closely with Mets’ skipper and former Indians’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway. While Shaw’s proven consistency and durability should appeal to a wide variety of teams, he’s due for a big payday after making just $4.6 million in his last year with the Indians.