Marlins candidate Mike Redmond says he’s ready to manage

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After interviewing with the Marlins this week, Mike Redmond said he is ready to step in as Ozzie Guillen’s replacement after two years managing in the Blue Jays system.

“Jim Leyland told me a long time ago when I was getting ready to retire, `If you want to manage in the majors, you’ve got to go get some experience,”‘ Redmond told the AP. “I took that to heart and went out and took a job with the Blue Jays in A ball and got down to the grass roots, where you’ve got to teach and develop.

“I’ve learned a lot. I had a lot of great kids, and to see them improve is very satisfying. On top of that, we went to the playoffs both times. That was fun, too.”

Redmond is the clear favorite for the job, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro. Reds pitching coach Bryan Price reportedly interviewed today. Brad Ausmus declined the opportunity to interview.

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Update: FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Marlins have also interviewed Larry Bowa. They’ll wait until after the World Series to make a decision on their manager.

2017 Preview: The American League Central

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League Central

Do the Indians have a weakness? Do the Tigers and Royals have one more playoff push in them or do they have to start contemplating rebuilds? The White Sox and Twins are rebuilding, but do either of them have a chance to be remotely competitive?

As we sit here in March, the answers are “not really,” “possibly,” and “not a chance.” There are no games that count this March, however, so they’re just guesses. But educated ones! Here are the links to our guesses and our education for all of the clubs of the AL Central:

Cleveland Indians
Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Royals
Chicago White Sox
Minnesota Twins

2017 Preview: The National League East

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League East

The Washington Nationals crave a playoff run that doesn’t end at the division series. The Mets crave a season in which they don’t have a press conference about an injured pitcher. The Marlins are trying to put the nightmare of the end of the 2016 behind them. The Phillies and Braves are hoping to move on from the “lose tons of games” phase of their rebuilds and move on to the “hey, these kids can play!” phase.

There is a ton of star power in the NL East — Harper, Scherzer, Cespedes, Syndergaard, Stanton, Freeman — some great young talent on ever roster and, in Ichiro and Bartolo, the two oldest players in the game. Maybe the division can’t lay claim to the best team in baseball, but there will certainly be some interesting baseball in the division.

Here’s how each team breaks down:

Washington Nationals
New York Mets
Miami Marlins
Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves