Fredi Gonzalez wants to work for the Marlins again for some reason

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Mark Bowman of reports that former Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has talked to the Miami Marlins about becoming their third base coach. Bowman says Gonzalez is “still mulling a few other opportunities” however.

That he’s even considering the Marlins is rather shocking. Yes, everyone’s gotta eat, but Gonzalez and the Marlins had a pretty notable falling out several years ago. Gonzalez was fired by the Marlins in 2010 after winning more games than any other Marlins manager ever had and after winning Sporting News’ manager of the year award in 2008. He then rejoined the Braves, taking over for Bobby Cox in 2011.

In 2012, Gonzalez and Marlins owner got into a public spat when Gonzalez noted — quite correctly, mind you — that “[t]here’s not a manager dead or alive that Jeffrey thinks is good enough. Not Connie Mack, not anyone.” And, indeed, Loria by then had a pretty short but rich history of going through managers who had won and won big elsewhere, such as Joe Girardi and Ozzie Guillen. In response, Loria called Gonzalez “classless” and “a colossal failure.”

I guess anyone can make up and play nice. If Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner can make nice, I suppose Gonzalez and Loria can.

Kyle Gibson, Orioles finalize 1-year, $10M contract

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SAN DIEGO – Right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Baltimore Orioles finalized a one-year, $10 million contract.

The 35-year-old would receive a $150,000 assignment bonus if traded, payable by the receiving team. He also can earn a $25,000 bonus if he is elected or selected for the All-Star team. Gibson was an All-Star in 2021.

Gibson was 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 31 starts for Philadelphia last season. He also pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief appearances in the postseason for the NL champions.

Baltimore gained another experienced arm as it looks to build on its surprising season. After losing 110 games the previous year, the Orioles contended for an AL wild card for much of the summer before finishing 83-79 for the franchise’s first winning record since 2016.

Gibson was an AL All-Star in 2021, going 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts for Texas. He was traded to Philadelphia that July, and he went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 appearances for the Phillies down the stretch.

The 6-foot-6 Gibson was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the Twins in 2013.

He spent his first first seven seasons with Minnesota, going 67-68 with a 4.52 ERA in 193 games, including 188 starts. He had his best year in 2018, finishing with a career-low 3.62 ERA in a career-best 196 2/3 innings.

Gibson, who signed a $28 million, three-year contract with Texas in December 2019, is 89-91 with a 4.52 ERA in 267 major league games.