This morning I saw a tweet about how “desirable” the Dodgers manager job is, noting that it’s great as long as you’re cool with a team that has one ace, one decent reliever, four platoon outfielders, no second baseman a huge payroll and sky-high expectations. I realize that the offseason is young and that the club will make moves, but there’s a core of truth to that and I laughed.
One of those problems would definitely be fixed if what Jon Heyman says has some legs: he reports that the Dodgers have expressed interest in Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.
Chapman, of course, is the most dominant reliever in the sport, having struck out 546 dudes in 319 career innings. If you paired him with Kenley Jansen, that’d be some Kansas City Royals-style late inning dominance. It’d also be a nice “welcome aboard” present for new manager Dave Roberts.
Buster Olney of ESPN reports that Orioles owner Peter Angelos is “personally involved in the team’s effort to re-sign” free agent first baseman Chris Davis.
You have to figure that suggests the O’s are seriously wanting Davis back. Which makes a lot of sense given that power is scarce these days and that, despite striking out a whole lot, Davis is still one of the premier power hitters in the game. He posted a .923 OPS with 47 home runs and 117 RBI in 160 games this past season for Baltimore. If the O’s don’t keep him, they’ll have a big hole in the middle of their lineup.
Don’t tease me like this, Marietta Daily Journal. Please do not tease me like this:
THE RUMORS have resurfaced. Might the Atlanta Braves be close to a change in ownership? Recent back-fence talk describes the same scenario that circulated a couple years ago — current owner Liberty Media selling to an Internet mogul with strong ties to Cobb County.
Normally you’d dismiss a blind item like this out of hand, but this is the same business gossip column which first reported that the Braves were going to move to get a new ballpark and move from Atlanta to Cobb County a couple of years ago. Absolutely no one saw that coming either.
If the Braves were sold it would likely be a function of Liberty Media realizing that between a new ballpark coming and a minuscule team payroll the Braves are never going to look healthier from a financial point of view. That there are no more udders left to milk. It will have been unfortunate that, in order to do it, they saw fit to decimate the roster first, but if it means that people who actually give a crap about owning a baseball team took over it will have probably been worth it.
Alex Anthopoulos’ departure from the Toronto Blue Jays was quick and unexpected. The sort of job-leaving that, one would think, would make it difficult for him to find a new position really quickly. Not because there’s anything wrong with Anthopoulos, but because taking on a top front office person tends to be a think that is long planned-for and which takes some time. To the extent a guy like him does find a quick position it’s as a “special advisor” or some kind, sort of like how Jerry Dipoto was hired by the Red Sox in an interim position.
Another possibility? Just going to a whole other sports. From Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun:
Two sources have now confirmed that the Arizona Coyotes have reached out to the former general manager of the Blue Jays, with the hopes he would consider a senior position or a consulting position with the National Hockey League team.
It’s just one of many calls, Simmons says. But it’s definitely one of the more unconventional gigs for a former baseball GM.
A late Friday trade takes another veteran off the Braves roster: the Braves just announced that they have traded outfielder Cameron Maybin to the Detroit Tigers for Ian Krol and Gabe Speier.
Maybin is coming off a surprisingly good season in which he hit .267.327/.370 with 10 homers and 59 RBI while stealing 23 bases. He played 141 games for the Braves, all but two of which came in center field. Maybin was originally drafted by the Tigers and played in Detroit as a rookie in 2007 before being traded to Florida in the Miguel Cabrera deal.
Kroll, a lefty reliever, pitched 33 games for Detroit while posting a 5.79 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 26/17 in 28 innings. Speier is also a left who hasn’t pitched above High-A yet. The former 19th round draft pick is only 20.
Maybin is scheduled to make $7 million in 2016 and there is a club option for $9 million in 2017. His acquisition by the Tigers gives them some added outfield depth and either a platoon partner or an alternative to Anthony Gose in center field. For the Braves: nothing but salary relief, it seems, as the arms they got back are no great shakes.
The last major league position player left in Atlanta, please turn out the lights.