Last week Craig Counsell replaced Ron Roenicke as Brewers manager and he wanted to add his old college coach and longtime friend, Pat Murphy, to Milwaukee’s coaching staff.
One problem: Murphy is currently the Triple-A manager in the Padres organization and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they “have balked at letting him go.”
According to Rosenthal “some in the industry view the Padres’ actions as highly unusual” and there’s even speculation that they want to keep Murphy around in case he’s needed to replace current Padres manager Bud Black.
Padres officials deny that, saying simply that they value having Murphy in the organization, but officials from other organizations who spoke to Rosenthal about the situation are “skeptical.” Normally when someone working in the minors has an opportunity to work in the majors teams don’t really stand in their way, but in this case the Padres are putting up a fight.
ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.
The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.
“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said Monday before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”
He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.
Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.
His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.
He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.
Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.
He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.