The Nationals continue their search for Davey Johnson’s replacement, as Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that third base coach Trent Jewett has interviewed for the team’s vacant managerial position.
Jewett has been on the major league staff since 2010 and has 17 seasons of managerial experience in the minors, so he is plenty qualified for the position. He’s the fourth known candidate for the job, joining Nationals bench coach Randy Knorr, Padres executive Brad Ausmus, and Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams.
ESPN’s Buster Olney was told by a source late last week that he would be “shocked” if Williams didn’t get the job and Kilgore also views him as the favorite. The Nationals are coming off a disappointing year, but whoever gets that job will be in excellent shape to succeed right away.
The Rockies have signed free agent outfielder/infielder Ian Desmond for five years and $70 million.
Desmond, 31, played his first season as a full-time outfielder with the Rangers in 2016. Before that he was the Nationals shortstop. He’ll almost certainly be an outfielder in Colorado, or else will play first base, as the Rockies have Trevor Story at short. Desmond hit .285/.335/.446 with 22 home runs, 86 RBI, 107 runs scored, and 21 stolen bases in 677 plate appearances, though he was much, much better in the first half than the second half.
The Rangers had placed a qualifying offer on him which he rejected, so the Rockies will have to give up their first round pick in the 2017 draft, which is 11th overall. That’s the highest pick a team can surrender under the qualifying offer system, as the first ten picks in the draft are protected.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins have signed lefty Jeff Locke. Terms have yet to be disclosed.
Locke was non-tendered by the Pirates last week after putting up a 5.44 ERA over 127.3 innings in 2016. He’s just 29 and, even if he’s never been super great or anything, he has pitched better in the past, posting a career 4.16 ERA before last season.