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.

Dellin Betances to open season on injured list

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Tuesday that reliever Dellin Betances will begin the regular season on the injured list due to inflammation and impingement in his right shoulder, the YES Network’s Jack Curry reports. Curry adds that Betances will try throwing again in three to five days.

Betances, who turns 31 years old later this month, has allowed two runs on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings this spring. He has experienced diminished fastball velocity, which is now explained by his injury. The right-hander is coming off of another excellent season in which he posted a 2.70 ERA with 115 strikeouts and 26 walks across 66 2/3 innings.

Fortunately, the Yankees have more than enough depth in the bullpen to withstand Betances’ absence. Aroldis Chapman, Adam Ottavino, and Zach Britton will handle the late innings and Betances will slot back in whenever he is healthy.