Yesterday the Phillies made changes to manager Ryne Sandberg’s coaching staff, including adding Larry Bowa as bench coach and parting ways with assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner, and now they’re trying to bring their old manager back into the fold in some capacity too.
Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Charlie Manuel, who was fired late in the season and replaced by Sandberg, has been offered “an undisclosed position in the organization.”
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. met with Manuel recently to discuss a possible return, calling it “a real good discussion” and revealing that “we made him an offer.”
Considering his experience and reputation across baseball Manuel no doubt has a bunch of job offers from which to choose and at age 69 it’s also possible that he’ll decide to take some time off or perhaps even call it a career.
The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.
Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.
Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.