A bunch of candidates have interviewed to replace Davey Johnson as Nationals manager, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reported previously that the team has no interest in Dusty Baker and now he says Cal Ripken Jr. “becoming an actual candidate for the job appears to be unrealistic” too.
Baker specifically reached out to the Nationals about the job and was shot down, whereas Ripken has simply talked in generalities about wanting to manage and has gotten some public support from Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth.
According to Kilgore “they have not reached out to Ripken about their managerial opening” and the Nationals are expected to name a new manager relatively soon after the World Series, so anyone who hasn’t already talked to them probably has no shot.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network and FOX Sports reports that the Mariners have acquired starter Chris Heston from the Giants. The Giants will receive a player to be named later, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
Heston, 28, logged only five innings in the majors this past season as he battled an oblique injury and otherwise spent most of his time with Triple-A Sacramento. Heston was solid out of the Giants’ rotation in 2015, posting a 3.95 ERA with a 141/64 K/BB ratio in 177 2/3 innings over 31 starts.
Heston will be under team control through 2021. He’ll provide depth for the Mariners’ rotation in the meantime.
Joe Nathan‘s agent, David Pepe, says his client wants to pitch in 2017, per ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. “He’s like the Energizer Bunny,” Pepe said.
Nathan, 42, came back from Tommy John surgery in July, pitching two scoreless innings for the Cubs with four strikeouts and two walks. The Cubs released him and the Giants picked him up, and Nathan went on to pitch 4 1/3 scoreless innings down the stretch with five strikeouts and two walks.
According to FanGraphs, Nathan’s velocity wasn’t where it used to be, which is to be expected of a pitcher in his 40’s coming back from major elbow surgery. Still, with teams always on the hunt for bullpen depth, it would be shocking if Nathan didn’t get any bites before spring training starts.