Jon Garland

Mariners pass on Jon Garland


Jon Garland earned eligibility on his opt-out clause today, which forced the Seattle Mariners to decide whether or not to add him to the starting rotation. GM Jack Zduriencik said he couldn’t commit to giving Garland a spot in the rotation, according to Ryan Divish on Twitter. More from Divish:

In 12 spring innings, Garland had posted a 2.25 ERA, but the Mariners may not have been encouraged by his allowing more walks than strikeouts (five to four). Already with a surfeit of contestants for spots in the back of the rotation, the Mariners will use the remaining week-plus to make a final decision.

Blake Beavan, Erasmo Ramirez, Brandon Maurer, and Jeremy Bonderman are still fighting it out for a big league job.

Billy Beane promoted to VP, David Forst named A’s general manager

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I’m so old I remember when general managers used to run baseball operations departments. Now they’re basically assistants.

The latest example: the Oakland Athletics have promoted Billy Beane to vice president of baseball operations and have named David Forst general manager. Forst has been with the A’s for 16 years and has been Beane’s assistant for 12 years, so it’s not exactly a situation in which Forst will be making the final calls. The official move came today, though the move has been in the works for some time, it seems.

Someone with a lot of good front office access is going to write a good story this winter about the title inflation going on in Major League Baseball over the past year. And it’s gonna be great when one of his or her sources breaks the pattern of saying “well, baseball transactions are so much more complex these days . . . ” and admits “hey, if Theo gets a fancy title and La Russa gets a fancy title I WANT A FANCY TITLE TOO.”

Not that it’s much of a secret as it is.

Brewers fire pitching coach Rick Kranitz

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Despite a change at general manager from Doug Melvin to David Stearns the Brewers quickly made it clear that they’re keeping Craig Counsell as manager, but today they fired pitching coach Rick Kranitz.

In fact, all of Milwaukee’s coaches except for hitting coach Darnell Coles and third base coach Ed Sedar were let go, as Counsell shakes up his staff after managing the Brewers to a 61-76 record as Ron Roenicke’s replacement.

Kranitz took over as the Brewers’ pitching coach in 2011, during which time they’ve ranked 11th among NL teams in ERA.