Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that current Rockies bench coach Mike Redmond is drawing interest from the Phillies and Tigers as a potential manager. Both teams have openings after letting go of Pete Mackanin and Brad Ausmus, respectively.
Redmond, 46, managed the Marlins over parts of three seasons, going 155-207 (.428). He was fired in mid-May of 2015 after the Marlins put together a 16-22 record.
As a player, Redmond played parts of 13 seasons in the majors, mostly with the Marlins and Twins. According to Heyman, Redmond is still well-respected around the game for his managing capabilities.
The Mets also have an opening, but they were not listed as having interest in Redmond. The Phillies’ interest is believed to be speculative at the moment.
Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”
Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.
Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.