Ken Rosenthal reports that the White Sox are in “listening mode” and that starter Jeff Samardzija is “most likely to go.”
Rosenthal adds, however, that the Sox are not likely to do a wholesale tear-down which involves crazy things like shopping Chris Sale or Jose Abreu. The source Rosenthal spoke to said that all of the club’s offseason moves was not meant as a one-off compete-in-2015-only thing, but that they view the season as the first of a three-year window at least.
Samardzija, of course, is used to the deadline shuffle, as he was traded last July from the Cubs to the Athletics. He’s in his walk year, and while he’s not having a great season — his strikeout rate is down and his ERA is 4.08, which translates to an ERA+ of 91 — he still stands to make a lot of money this winter.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.
Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.
Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.
The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.