Probably a good thing given that Bud Selig appears to have designated Rob Manfred as his chosen successor, but in case anyone gets any idea, no, Joe Torre does not want to be Commissioner of Baseball:
“If they had asked me to do something for the game, I certainly would listen, but I have no aspirations to be commissioner, based on my age. I’m very comfortable working there. I’ve got a significant job. I don’t have a great deal of stress, job-wise in my life and that feels good.’’
Not gonna happen, of course, and I don’t think Torre would be the best guy for the job anyway. But it is something that even asking that question is plausible. Torre was a player, a manager (and a player-manager) and a league executive. I can’t think of anyone — at least anyone recently — who can say they’ve filled up all of those squares on their bingo card. Bill White came closest, I suppose, but rather than managing he went via the broadcaster’s route before becoming N.L. President.
Joe Torre: renaissance man. Who knew?
LAS VEGAS — Let’s start our first weekday of the Winter Meetings with some rumors and speculation. We’ll have a good bit of that until, you know, something actually happens.
First up: Dallas Keuchel, the top free agent pitcher remaining on the market. Jon Heyman says the Braves, who are in the market for a starter, are targeting him. In this they are not alone, as the Phillies, who missed out on Patrick Corbin, and the Reds, who would like a pitcher who doesn’t allow a lot of fly balls are each reported to be focused on Keuchel as well. There was a random report that the Blue Jays were interested in him too, but that seems off to me given where they are on their rebuild.
Keuchel, who will turn 31 on New Year’s Day, was 12-11 in 34 starts last year, posting an ERA of 3.74 in 204.2 innings. His peripherals have declined fairly consistently since his Cy Young season in 2015, so the question is whether the team that signs him is paying for his past or for what he might reasonably be expected to provide in the future.