Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Kevin Cash will return as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2018.
Cash is under contract for two more seasons after this one, but lately there have been some rumblings, primarily in the fan base, that a change may be in order. Topkin’s column, based on conversations with Rays insiders, seems directly aimed at quieting those rumblings, with quotes from GM Erik Neander talking up how much the organization likes Cash and wants to keep him around.
Cash is 214-244 in his three seasons at the helm. He had never managed before being tapped to replace Joe Maddon after the 2014 season.
The Angels went on a Chris binge yesterday. In addition to signing Chris Carter to a minor league deal they signed Chris Young — the outfielder Chris Young, not the pitcher Chris Young — to a one-year contract. Young will make $2 million with incentives that could make the pact more valuable.
Young, 34, hit .235/.322/.387 with seven home runs in a part-time role last season with the Red Sox. He’s historically been a plus defender and has handled all three outfield positions in the past, but he’s really a corner guy/platoon DH these days. Not that the Angels need a center fielder. Rumor has it that they have a pretty decent one.