Terry Francona beat out Sandy Alomar for the Indians’ manager job, but Alomar expects to stay in Cleveland as part of Francona’s coaching staff.
“I’m a professional with one more year on my contract,” Alomar told Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I expect to come back. Terry said he wants me on the staff.”
Francona and general manager Chris Antonetti both confirmed that they want Alomar back, although it’s possible he’ll wait a while to see if any other teams show interest in him as a manager.
During the interview process Alomar was effusive in his praise of Francona, saying he couldn’t compete with the former Red Sox manager’s track record and experience while adding that “obviously anybody would want a Terry Francona.”
Maybe he was just being honest or maybe he figured Francona was all but assured to land the job and it couldn’t hurt to praise the new manager, but either way it sounds like Alomar has a job waiting for him in Cleveland.
The Pirates announced on Wednesday that the club acquired infielder Erik González along with minor league pitchers Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza in exchange for outfielder Jordan Luplow and infielder Max Moroff.
González, 27, is quite versatile, having played all four infield positions as well as both outfield corners. He has just a .681 career OPS across 275 plate appearances in the big leagues, though. González will provide infield depth for the Pirates, who are losing Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer.
Thomas, 19, completed his second season at rookie ball. He pitched 19 2/3 innings, yielding 10 earned runs on 13 hits and 10 walks with 27 strikeouts.
Mendoza, 19, also just completed his second season at rookie ball. The right-hander pitched 37 1/3 innings, allowing 19 earned runs on 33 hits and 20 walks with 37 strikeouts.
Luplow, 25, has played 64 games in the big leagues as an outfielder, mustering a paltry .644 OPS in 190 plate appearances.
Moroff, 25, has played second base, third base, and short stop in the majors. He carries a career .625 OPS in 209 trips to the plate.