ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Phillies are “taking a close look” at current Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway in their search for a new manager.
Callaway, 42, has been with the Indians since 2013. He pitched in the majors between 1999-2004 with the Rays, Angels, and Rangers.
The Phillies fired Pete Mackanin towards the end of the regular season and offered him a new position as assistant to GM Matt Klentak. As the club is approaching being competitive after a lengthy rebuilding phase, the Phillies are likely looking for a manager who has good in-game decision making and an understanding of analytics.
The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.
Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.
Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.