Orioles join Giants in the mix for Dan Uggla

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Last night Matthew discussed the Giants’ potential interest in trading for Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla in order to make him their starting left fielder and today MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro writes that the Orioles may also be interested in acquiring him to play a position other than second base. Baltimore reportedly would move Uggla to third base, where he’d replace departing free agent Melvin Mora. Meanwhile, both Uggla and his agent have repeatedly indicated that he wants nothing to do with switching positions.
Frisro notes that the Marlins are “seeking pitching prospects in return for” Uggla, but “there aren’t too many clubs seriously interested in” the two-time All-Star despite three straight 30-homer seasons. Among the reasons for the lack of interest are probably his defense, his salary, and his strikeouts, although perhaps not in that order. Despite the lack of significant interest in Uggla, various reports suggest that the Marlins will end up dealing him at some point this winter.

David Bell is the Reds’ new manager

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The Reds have officially named David Bell as the new club manager for the 2019 season, according to a team announcement on Sunday. Bell signed a three-year contract with the organization and is slated to remain on staff through the 2021 season with a club option for 2022. A press conference will be held on Monday at 11:00 AM EDT to introduce the new skipper.

Bell, 46, beat out a slew of candidates that included former MLB managers Joe Girardi, Brad Ausmus, John Farrell and MLB coaches Hensley Meulens, Charlie Montoyo, Rocco Baldelli, Freddie Benavides, Billy Hatcher, Tom Prince, Tom Princes, and Pat Kelly. Following last week’s news that Girardi had voluntarily withdrawn from consideration, Bell appeared to be the clear frontrunner for the position.

Though Bell was also reportedly considered for managerial vacancies in the Blue Jays and Rangers’ orgs, Cincinnati presented more of a natural fit for the former third baseman. Not only was he born and raised in the city, but his grandfather, Gus, and father, Buddy, had each spent significant parts of their major-league careers with the Reds. Buddy currently serves as the Reds’ vice president and senior advisor to general manager Nick Krall.

Bell never played for the Reds during his 12-year career in MLB, but he later served as Double-A and Triple-A manager of their minor league affiliates from 2008-2012, when he racked up a 227-332 record with the teams. He later took back-to-back gigs as a third base coach and assistant hitting coach/bench coach for the Cubs and Cardinals, respectively, and spent his 2018 season in the Giants’ front office as VP of player development. He’ll replace interim manager Jim Riggleman, who was named to the position following Bryan Price’s dismissal in April.