Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon had his interview to replace Jim Leyland as manager today and afterward told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com: “I thought it went very well. Let’s just wait and see.”
I look forward to the day when a managerial candidates leaves an interview, calls up a national reporter, and says: “Oh my god, that was terrible. Their questions stunk and my answers were worse. So humiliating. Gonna go cry now.”
Anyway, as Craig Calcaterra noted earlier this week McClendon has been with Leyland for a long time, would represent perhaps the least possible change for the Tigers of any candidate, and has previous managing experience with the Pirates from 2001-2005 (during which time he compiled a 336-446 record).
Free agent lefty reliever Aaron Loup has been given a locker in the Padres’ clubhouse, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reported Sunday. Per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Loup received a one-year MLB deal with a club option for 2020. The Padres will shift right-hander Garrett Richards to the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man roster.
Loup, 31, began the 2018 season with the Blue Jays and was traded to the Phillies for minor league right-hander Jacob Waguespack at the midseason deadline. The veteran left-hander pitched just two innings in Philadelphia before hitting the injured list with a forearm strain and returned for a handful of appearances at the end of the year, bringing him up to a 4.54 ERA, 3.2 BB/9, 10.0 SO/9, and 0.3 fWAR across 39 2/3 combined innings.
Assuming health issues don’t complicate his next campaign in San Diego, Loup will be added to the bullpen alongside fellow left-handers Matt Strahm and José Castillo (with the possible late addition of southpaw reliever Brad Wieck, who underwent surgery for testicular cancer earlier this year). There are worse places to be — according to FanGraphs, the Padres’ ‘pen jumped from second-worst in 2017 to second-best in the league with a cumulative 3.53 ERA, 3.31 FIP, and 8.7 fWAR in 2018.