The Brewers exercised their half of a $14 million mutual option on Aramis Ramirez for the 2015 season on Friday, which meant that the third baseman gets three days to decide if he will exercise his half or decline and become a free agent. Ramirez still has two more days left, but Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that it’s “possible” that the veteran will return to the Brewers according to his agent Paul Kinzer.
Kinzer says that comfort is a priority for Ramirez, and that if the third baseman does become a free agent, he wouldn’t be looking for a deal longer than two years.
Ramirez, 36, had his worst offensive showing since the 2010 season, though he still had above-average numbers with a .285/.330/.427 slash line, 15 home runs, and 66 RBI. He missed a few weeks between mid-May and early June with a strained right hamstring, but isn’t considered to be much of an injury risk.
The Red Sox announced that Jerry Narron will be the team’s bench coach this year.
Narron will join interim manager Ron Roenicke in the dugout to lead Boston’s coaching staff. The two previously worked together in the same roles from 2011 to 2015, during Roenicke’s tenure as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. Narron most recently spent the last three years as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks. He also has managerial experience with both the Rangers (2001-2002) and Reds (2005-2007).
The Mets reportedly considered hiring Narron this winter as a possible bench coach for then-manager Carlos Beltran, before ultimately going with Hensley Meulens.