Terry Francona has taken to baseball commentary better than most ex-players and ex-managers do, but he’s not ruling out getting back in uniform. Well, in his case it’d be back in windbreaker, but you know what I mean. Bob Nightengale reports:
Francona, whose eight-year, stint with the Red Sox ended last September, told USA TODAY Sports he’d be interested in managing, but only for the right job.
“If something down the road presents itself and it’s the right job, I’d like to do it,” Francona said. “But I don’t want to manage just to manage.”
I hope he doesn’t manage next season because I have a sneaking suspicion Bobby Valentine is gonna be back on ESPN in 2013 and I think their banter would be rich.
The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.
Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.
While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.