Not surprisingly former Rays manager Joe Maddon is a non-factor in the Twins’ search to replace Ron Gardenhire and Darren Wolfson of 1500-ESPN in Minnesota says the choice looks likely to be either Paul Molitor or Torey Lovullo.
Molitor has been viewed as the favorite for the job this entire time. After years of fans and media members calling for the Minnesota native and Hall of Famer to join Gardenhire’s coaching staff he finally did so this season.
Lovullo is the only outside candidate to gain any real traction in the Twins’ search and the Red Sox bench coach is reportedly interviewing with general manager Terry Ryan and the team’s ownership for a second time.
Doug Mientkiewicz, who managed at high Single-A this season, is believed to be the Twins’ third finalist.
Two years after being fired as the Marlins’ manager Ozzie Guillen wants to get back in a dugout, even if that means joining another manager’s staff as a coach.
Guillen told Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times that he’d specifically like to work under Joe Maddon wherever he ends up, but added:
I’ve managed before. Economically, I’m pretty good. I just want to be back in the game. … I’m not bigger than the game. There’s a lot of managers who went back to coaching after they were managers. That doesn’t mean anything. I’m not better than them. Whoever thinks I can help, if they ask me, I don’t mind doing it.
Guillen was a consistent winner in Chicago, posting a .524 winning percentage in eight seasons as the White Sox’s manager, and it’s tough to blame him completely for what happened to the Marlins in 2012. He’s still just 50 years old and has a World Series title, but it’ll probably take a pretty secure manager to add Guillen to the coaching staff.
Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that 21-year-old second baseman Andy Ibanez has defected from Cuba with the intention of signing with an MLB team.
Ibanez was the youngest player on Cuba’s World Baseball Classic roster last year and Badler rates him as the No. 8 prospect still in Cuba. However, he’s unlikely to get a huge contract because as a 21-year-old with only three seasons of experience in Cuba he’s subject to the international spending limits that Cuban veterans are able to avoid.
Badler speculates that he’d likely begin his American career at Double-A and projects as a solid regular rather than a potential star.
Longtime pitching coach Mike Maddux was not chosen as the Rangers’ new manager, but he hopes to stay on Jeff Banister’s staff. One potential problem: Maddux’s contract is up Friday.
At that point he’d be free to talk to other teams, but Maddux told Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas: “Jeff and I have had positive talks.”
He didn’t expand beyond that, so who knows how likely returning is at this point, but both sides have indicated they’d like to work something out.
Jesus Guzman opted for free agency after being dropped from the 40-man roster by the Astros and now the 30-year-old first baseman/outfielder has signed with the Hiroshima Carp of the Japanese League.
Guzman came out of nowhere to have a strong rookie season with the Padres as a 27-year-old in 2011, but he’s hit just .226 with a .664 OPS in 315 games since then and batted .188 for the Astros this season.
According to the Japan Times he’ll get about $1 million plus potential incentives after making $1.3 million via arbitration this season.