Report: Cubs to interview Bob Melvin for managerial opening

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Tim Kurkjian of ESPN.com reports that the Cubs will interview former Mariners and Diamondbacks skipper Bob Melvin for their managerial opening.
Kurkjian notes that Melvin was up for the Cubs’ job in 2003 before they went with Dusty Baker instead. Melvin ended up managing the Mariners and won 93 games in his first season, but was fired after going 63-99 in 2004. He quickly found another job with the Diamondbacks and went 337-340 (.498) in parts of five seasons before being let go 29 games into last year.
Interim manager Mike Quade has gone 12-7 since replacing Lou Piniella last month, which is pretty impressive given that the Cubs were 51-74 under Sweet Lou. Joe Girardi has also been linked to the Cubs job, in part because his contract with the Yankees is up after the season and in part because he played seven years in Chicago after being drafted by the Cubs in 1986.

Ken Giles: ‘I’m actually enjoying the game more than I did for my entire tenure in Houston’

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Blue Jays closer Ken Giles hasn’t exactly turned things around since joining the Blue Jays on July 31, when the club sent embattled closer Roberto Osuna to the Astros. Giles posted a 4.99 ERA in 30 2/3 innings with the Astros, then put up a slightly less miserable 4.58 ERA in 17 2/3 innings with the Jays. Still, he’s much happier with the Jays than he was with the Astros, even after winning the World Series with them last year. He said to Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star, “I’m actually enjoying the game more than I did for my entire tenure in Houston. It’s kind of weird to say that because I won a World Series with that team. But it’s like, I just felt trapped there. I didn’t feel like myself there. Overall, I felt out of place.”

Giles also said “the communication was lost” with the Astros and it was something that came easy with the Jays. He said, “When I came here, they stayed patient with me. I said hey, I want to work on this thing till I’m comfortable. All right. OK, I’m comfortable, let’s move on to this next thing. Pitching, you can’t just try to fix everything at once. For me, I had to take baby steps to get my groove back. The Jays allowed me to do that. Yeah, the team was out of contention, but it doesn’t matter. It’s still my career. I still have to prove myself. Them being so patient with me, understanding what I want to do, was very, very big.”

Giles, 28, has two more years of arbitration eligibility remaining. He has shown promise despite his overall mediocre numbers. In non-save situations this season (with both the Astros and Jays), he has a 9.12 ERA. But in save situations, his ERA is a pristine 0.38. Giles could be a closer the Jays find themselves leaning on as they attempt to get back into competitive shape. Since it sounds like Giles is quite enamored with Toronto and with the Blue Jays, a discussion about a contract extension certainly could be had.