Scott Servais is the “strong frontrunner” to be Mariners’ new manager

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Angels assistant general manager Scott Servais could be on the verge of becoming the Mariners’ new manager, according to multiple reports.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com calls Servais the “strong frontrunner” for the job and Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com writes that there’s a “strong chance” Servais will be joining the Mariners, “probably as manager.”

The move makes sense, as new Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto was previously the Angels’ general manager and Servais was his assistant. Dipoto left the Angels after losing a power struggle with longtime manager Mike Scioscia and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Servais “has butted heads with Scioscia in the past.”

In other words, Servais was on Dipoto’s side of the Angels power struggle and would now be leaving to rejoin Dipoto in Seattle, this time as manager. Prior to joining the Angels he was the Rangers’ senior director of player development and Servais also played 11 seasons in the majors as a light-hitting catcher.

Lloyd McClendon was fired as Mariners manager shortly after the front office regime change. Seattle finished the season with a 76-86 record.

Phillies place Jay Bruce on the IL, recall Nick Williams

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The Phillies have placed outfielder Jay Bruce on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain. He sustained the injury during a plate appearance in the third inning of last night’s game against the Dodgers. The team expects Bruce to miss at least three weeks.

With Bruce gone so too goes his power — he has 24 homers on the year — and they will try to replace some of it with Nick Williams. Williams has struggled at the big league level but is hitting .345/.403/.628 with six home runs in 28 games at Triple-A this year.