Author: Aaron Gleeman

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Padres hire Diamondbacks third base coach Andy Green as new manager


Pirates third base coach Rick Sofield and ex-Twins manager Ron Gardenhire each had second interviews for the Padres’ managerial opening, but Scott Miller of Bleacher Report says San Diego has decided to go with Diamondbacks third base coach Andy Green.

Green played parts of four seasons in the majors, but also spent a decade in the minors before retiring following the 2010 season at age 32. Since then he’s managed in the minors–including winning back-to-back Manager of the Year awards in the Double-A Southern League–before joining Arizona’s coaching staff.

San Diego went 74-88 this season, firing longtime manager Bud Black at midseason and then firing interim manager Pat Murphy after the season. Last time the Padres made the playoffs, in 2006, Green was a utility man for the Diamondbacks and appeared in a career-high 73 big-league games.

According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune the runner-up for the job was Gardenhire, who was fired by the Twins after the 2014 season following 13 seasons as manager.

Tigers set to hire Rich Dubee as new pitching coach

Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds

Jason Beck of reports that the Tigers are close to hiring Rich Dubee as their new pitching coach, replacing Jeff Jones who retired after five seasons on the job.

Dubee was the Phillies’ longtime pitching coach under manager Charlie Manuel–working with Philadelphia’s star-studded, hugely successful rotation–and has spent the past two years as the Braves’ minor-league pitching coordinator.

With the Tigers he’ll be tasked with getting veterans Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez on track while helping young arms like Daniel Norris emerge as long-term building blocks for a pitching staff that allowed the most runs in the league this season.

Don Mattingly signs four-year contract as Marlins’ new manager

Don Mattingly

It seemed like an obvious fit from the moment Don Mattingly and the Dodgers parted ways and now the marriage is actually happening, as Molly Knight of Vice Sports reports that the Marlins have signed Mattingly to a four-year contract to be their new manager.

Mattingly had a 446-363 (.551) record in five seasons as Dodgers manager, including three straight NL West division titles, but the team found little success in the playoffs. Earlier this month Mattingly and the Dodgers parted ways in surprisingly amicable fashion, at least publicly. He’s still under contract with Los Angeles for 2016.

It seems clear now that the Dodgers wanted to move on from Mattingly and he had the Marlins job more or less in his back pocket. Of course, given how often the Marlins and owner Jeffrey Loria fire managers–Mattingly will be their eighth since 2010!–he’s taking quite a leap of faith that it’ll be a long-term job rather than a short-term gig followed by a paid vacation. Just ask Ozzie Guillen. Or Mike Redmond.

Now we’ll see if any of Mattingly’s coaches–like pitching coach Rick Honeycutt or bench coach Tim Wallach–follow him to Miami.

Shocker: General manager Alex Anthopoulos rejects extension, quits Blue Jays

Alex Anthopoulos

In stunning, out-of-nowhere news, Shi Davidi of Toronto Sportsnet reports that Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos rejected a contract extension from the team and has resigned from the job.

Davidi reports that the split was not due to money and as of last week Anthopoulos said: “All I can say is I love being here, I love Toronto.”

All of which has led to speculation that new CEO and team president Mark Shapiro–himself a former general manager with the Indians–was the driving force behind Anthopoulos’ departure. Obviously the fact that the GM was offered a contract extension to remain on the job muddies those waters a bit, but much like we saw with Don Mattingly and the Dodgers not all contract extension offers are created equal.

Toronto had a 489-483 record in six seasons with Anthopoulos in charge and this year the Blue Jays made the playoffs for the first time since 1993, putting together a fantastic second half and advancing to the ALCS after the GM pulled off blockbuster trades for David Price and Troy Tulowitzki. Last offseason he also acquired Josh Donaldson, the possible league MVP.

There are currently no other GM openings, so Anthopoulos apparently doesn’t have another gig lined up.

UPDATE: According to a statement released by the team, Anthopoulos rejected a five-year contract extension.

Royals sticking with Chris Young as Game 4 starter

Kansas City Royals pitcher Chris Young throws during the third inning in Game 1 of baseball's American League Division Series against the Houston Astros, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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Royals right-hander Chris Young was needed in relief Tuesday night and came through in a big way with three scoreless, no-hit innings to get the win in Game 1. Despite throwing 53 pitches in the outing Young remains scheduled to start Game 4 against the Mets on Saturday night, manager Ned Yost announced.

Young has filled a dual role for Kansas City all season, starting 18 times and appearing as a reliever 16 times during the regular season. And he’s made two starts and one relief outing in the playoffs while being damn near unhittable.

Yost’s other Game 4 option would be right-hander Kris Medlen, but he hasn’t started a game since October 1 and has pitched just once in a long relief role during the playoffs.