Aaron Gleeman

Report: Marlins planning to keep Dan Jennings as manager in 2016


GM-turned-manager Dan Jennings has a 12-15 record since the Marlins were widely mocked for shifting him from the front office to the dugout following the firing of manager Mike Redmond.

And according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com the Marlins are planning to keep Jennings as their manager next season.

I can tell you that the club already has an eye towards the future. And Jennings staying as manager are part of those preliminary plans.

It’s worth noting that Frisaro’s article about Jennings likely staying on as manager contains some pretty clear pro-Marlins spin, including phrases like “managing is certainly agreeing with Dan Jennings” and “the club is starting to gain some traction” and “Jennings is all-in making this work.”

Again, the Marlins are 12-15 (.444) since firing Redmond and replacing him with Jennings. They were 16-22 (.421) with Redmond this season and 75-87 (.475) with Redmond last season.

Video: Byron Buxton’s first career hit was a stand-up triple


Twins stud prospect Byron Buxton notched the first hit of his career Monday night and fittingly for one of the fastest players in baseball it was a stand-up triple.

He made it to third base in 10 seconds and he stumbled a couple times.

Buxton had 12 triples in 59 games at Double-A before being called up at age 21, three years and 10 days after the Twins made him the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft.

Worth noting: Hall of Famer Rod Carew holds the Twins’ all-time record for triples with 90.

Ervin Santana working his way back from 80-game suspension


Ervin Santana signed a four-year, $55 million contract with the Twins as a free agent this offseason and then got suspended 80 games for performance-enhancing drugs before the end of spring training.

He’s eligible to return in early July and currently working out at the Twins’ extended spring training complex in Florida, with Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reporting that Santana will join the Triple-A Rochester roster for a start Saturday.

Santana is expected to throw around 90 pitches, so he’s pretty much fully stretched out with a couple weeks to go before the suspension ends. He’ll almost surely join the Twins’ rotation immediately.

Right now July 5 versus the Royals looks like the targeted return date for Santana, who pitched for Kansas City in 2013.