Toronto made a huge splash this offseason, but general manager Alex Anthopoulos has hinted that he was close to pulling off another big move that fell through. According to Shi Davidi of SportsNet that move would have been trading for White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy.
Peavy had a $22 million team option that the White Sox declined with a $4 million buyout on the way to re-signing him to a two-year, $29 million deal. Davidi reports that the Blue Jays would have acquired Peavy and exercised the $22 million option, but it’s unclear what the White Sox would have gotten in return.
Peavy admitted to Davidi that he “did hear rumblings from different people” at the time and “knew there was stuff going on and I knew it was between two teams.” Instead the Blue Jays went on to make their blockbuster trade with the Marlins and snag R.A. Dickey from the Mets, and Peavy has a 3.93 ERA and 24/1 K/BB ratio through three starts for the White Sox.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Nationals will ask to speak with Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora after the American League Championship Series concludes on Saturday. This comes on the heels of the news that club manager Dusty Baker will not be returning to the team in 2018.
Cora, 42, has some experience in the Nationals’ organization. He played for the Nats during his last big league stint in 2011, batting .224/.287/.276 through 91 games before announcing his retirement in the spring of 2012. Per Cafardo, he was also offered a player development gig with the club, but has not appeared in any kind of official role with them since his days as a major league infielder. While he’s been lauded for his leadership skills and strong clubhouse presence, he hasn’t acquired any managerial experience since his retirement, save for a handful of games with the Astros where he filled in for A.J. Hinch.
Despite the appeal of having a familiar face in the dugout, the Nationals aren’t the only ones eyeing Cora. The Astros’ coach has already interviewed with the Tigers, Mets and Red Sox this month. Boston appears to be the current favorite to land him and according to at least one source, may even announce his hiring in advance of the World Series next Tuesday.