Jorge Posada’s rift with Joe Girardi goes back years

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That’s the report from Mark Feinsand of the Daily News, who says that there has been a significant rift between Jorge Posada and Joe Girardi going back to Girardi’s stint as a Yankees bench coach in 2005. Back then, Feinsand’s sources tell him, Posada and Girardi clashed when Posada ignored Girardi’s scouting reports of other teams and called his own game:

“Jorge would deviate from those plans all the time during games, which drove Joe nuts,” the source said. “Joe would call him out on it all the time, which drove Jorge mental.”

Reached for comment in 2015, Joe Girardi said this:

“I bear no grudge against Jorge Posada. He’s been very successful, and God bless him. God bless him. But I’ll tell something; I ain’t done too badly, myself. Uh, I manage a shopping mall down in Florence, Alabama. Yeah, it’s the number one mall in Colbert County. It’s number four in the state, so it’s not too bad, you know? Uh, I play golf several times a week, you know? But I’ll tell ya, if Jorge woulda listened to me, I’d still be up there in baseball. Still be doin’ baseball, you know… How ’bout that?”

Report: Indians, Padres still talking about starting pitching trade

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Indians and Padres are still discussing a potential trade for a starting pitcher, namely Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer. Rosenthal adds that a deal isn’t close and is unlikely to occur before Opening Day. The Padres are balking at the Indians’ asking prices for the two starters.

The Padres could certainly use an ace at the top of the rotation. With the addition of Manny Machado, the lineup is looking decent, but beyond Joey Lucchesi, the starting pitching doesn’t inspire confidence.

Kluber, who turns 33 years old next month, has club options for the next two seasons at $13.5 million and $14 million with $1 million buyouts each. Last year, the right-hander finished third in AL Cy Young balloting, finishing 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA and a 222/34 K/BB ratio in 215 innings.

Bauer, 28, is earning $13 million this season and will enter his fourth and final year of arbitration heading into 2020. Last year, Bauer went 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA and a 221/57 K/BB ratio across 175 1/3 innings.

The Indians are the prohibitive favorites in the AL Central once again, but that has as much to do with the mediocrity of the rest of the division as the Indians’ commitment to competing. If the Indians were to trade either or both starters, that would be good news for the Twins, who are projected to be 15 games worse than the Indians but still finish in second place, according to PECOTA from Baseball Prospectus.