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Report: Alex Anthopoulos turns down GM interview with Diamondbacks

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Dodgers’ executive Alex Anthopoulos has turned down an opportunity to interview for a general manager position with the Diamondbacks, per a report by FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. The Diamondbacks released GM Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale on Monday after the club completed their third consecutive season below .500.

Anthopoulos is still in his first year as vice president of baseball operations for the Dodgers. His extensive experience as general manager of the Blue Jays would have made him a strong candidate within the Diamondbacks’ organization, with credentials that include a 489-483 record over six seasons, a postseason run in 2015, and a number of blockbuster trades that brought Jose Reyes, R.A. Dickey, and David Price to Toronto, among many others. According to Heyman, Anthopoulos was hesitant to entertain the offer and uproot his young family in the process. Other factors, like the extreme rate of turnover among Arizona’s general managers, were not addressed.

Anthopoulos was said to be on the list of managerial candidates alongside Brewers’ vice president Ray Montgomery, Dodgers senior advisor Ned Colletti, Diamondbacks farm director Mike Bell, Diamondbacks assistant general manager Bryan Minniti, and MLB executives Peter Woodfork and Kim Ng.

Cards’ Yadier Molina says he tested positive for COVID-19

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.

The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive.

The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a release issued by the team. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadn’t been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time,” DeJong said in a statement released by the team.

The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday. The Cardinals have played just five games this season and are hoping to return to action Friday hosting the Chicago Cubs.

As of now, the Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. Their last game was July 29 at Minnesota.

Mozeliak said Monday that five of the 13 overall members of the Cardinals’ traveling party to test positive were asymptomatic. The other eight had minor symptoms including headaches, coughs, sniffles and low-grade fevers. Mozeliak said none of the eight had required hospitalization.

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