According to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN, Joe McEwing has been ruled out for the Twins’ manager job. He speculates that this could mean that the team is close to making a decision.
McEwing just finished his third season as the third base coach with the White Sox under Robin Ventura. Often mentioned as a future MLB manager, he also recently interviewed for vacancies with the Rangers and Diamondbacks.
With McEwing out of the mix for the Twins, that leaves Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo, Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar, Jr., and Blue Jays bench coach Demarlo Hale among the known outside candidates and Doug Mientkiewicz, Paul Molitor and Gene Glynn among the in-house candidates. According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, the Twins are expected to reach out to the Orioles about interviewing bench coach (and former Pirates manager) John Russell.
ST. LOUIS — Miles Mikolas is sticking with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The right-hander signed a three-year, $55.75 million contract on Friday that will carry through the 2025 season.
The new deal replaces a $68 million, four-year contract signed in February 2019 that covered the 2020-23 seasons and was set to pay $15.75 million this year.
Mikolas will receive a $5 million signing bonus payable July 1 and will make $18.75 million in 2023 and $16 million in each of the following two seasons. Mikolas can earn a $250,000 bonus for winning a Cy Young Award, $50,000 for All-Star election or selection or winning a Gold Glove, $100,000 for League Championship Series MVP and $150,000 for World Series MVP.
Mikolas is scheduled to make the second opening-day start of his big league career next Thursday when the Cardinals host Toronto. Mikolas went 12-13 with a 3.29 ERA last season while helping St. Louis to the NL Central title.
“Miles stands among the top pitchers in the game today, and has continued to provide a steady presence for us both in the rotation and inside the clubhouse,” St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement.
Mikolas is 45-40 with a 3.79 in 143 games with San Diego, Texas and St. Louis. He recently pitched six shutout innings in two appearances for the U.S. in the World Baseball Classic.