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Report: Phillies, Tigers interested in Mike Redmond as potential manager

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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.

J.D. Martinez tells teams he prefers an outfield role

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Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.

That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.

Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.