Dayton Moore was the Braves’ assistant general manager before he became the Royals general manager in 2006 and now that the GM job in Atlanta is open following today’s firing of Frank Wren there’s some speculation that Moore could be a candidate.
Moore declined to comment on the topic, but Royals owner David Glass told Dick Kaegel of MLB.com:
I can’t imagine that Dayton would want to go anywhere else. I have always had the philosophy that if someone wanted to do something else than what we had, we wouldn’t stand in their way. Why would anyone want to keep anyone that wouldn’t want to be there? I’m confident that Dayton is committed to Kansas City, and we’re committed to him. He’s a good baseball guy, and we’re in this thing together.
Moore is signed through 2016 and he finally has built a team with a winning record after eight years on the job, so leaving now would certainly be a big surprise. Plus, for all the criticism he’s taken in Kansas City over the years would Atlanta really jump at the chance to bring Moore back in the big chair?
When injuries wrecked the Mariners’ rotation depth Chris Young stepped in and went 12-6 with a 3.07 ERA through his first 24 starts. However, the 35-year-old journeyman has struggled in his last five outings, going 0-3 with an 8.35 ERA, and now the Mariners have decided to skip his final scheduled turn in the rotation.
Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon told Greg Johns of MLB.com that Young “is probably out of gas” after logging 165 innings for his biggest workload since 2007.
McClendon didn’t rule out turning back to Young at some point if needed–and to his credit, Young took the demotion in stride–but clearly the Mariners would like to avoiding relying on him again if possible. For now he’ll be available out of the bullpen.
Designated for assignment by the Nationals last week, 24-year-old outfielder Eury Perez has been claimed off waivers by the Yankees.
Perez struggles to control the strike zone and lacks power, but he’s hit .310 with 63 stolen bases in 193 career games at Triple-A. And overall in the minors he’s hit at least .300 in each of the past three seasons.
Washington cut Perez loose after claiming light-hitting shortstop Pedro Florimon off waivers from Minnesota, with general manager Mike Rizzo saying they wanted to add infield depth and felt comfortable with the outfield depth.
Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings has been out since August 29 with a sore knee and the team announced that he won’t return to play the final week.
Jennings stressed to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that “it’s gotten better” and he’s no longer worried about the injury long term, but he just ran out of time this season.
He finishes the season hitting .244 with 10 homers, 15 steals, and a .697 OPS in 123 games, falling back to his 2012 production after posting a .748 OPS last season. Jennings, who turns 28 years old next month, will be arbitration eligible for the first time this offseason.
Impending free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche does not expect to be back with the Nationals next season, telling Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington: “If you had to ask me now, I would assume that I would have to move on, unfortunately.”
LaRoche’s two-year, $24 million contract does have a $15 million mutual option for 2015, but with Ryan Zimmerman’s injuries potentially forcing him across the diamond to first base (and the Nationals’ outfield locked in) there may not be room for the 34-year-old in the lineup.
LaRoche has bounced back nicely from a down season in 2013, hitting .255 with 25 homers and a career-high 80 walks on the way to an .811 OPS. Washington would have to buy him out for $2 million and there should be plenty of interest in LaRoche on the open market, although it might be tough for him to get another multi-year deal at 35.