Report: Phillies considering Ruben Amaro for their manager opening

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This seems like one of those things that someone will step forward to deny in the next hour, so let’s have fun with it while we can: according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Phillies are considering their former general manager, Ruben Amaro, for their managerial opening.

The Globe is not claiming he’s the top choice or anything. Just one of many names floating around. And to be sure, as a coach on a playoff team it’s not shocking to see his name out there during this speculative season. It’s just odd to see it connected the team whose front office he once led before being fired.

They say you can’t go home again, but occasionally you can go home again in baseball. You tend to see it in the form of former managers who come back later to coach their old team once they get older. Think Red Schoendienst with the Cardinals or even the Phillies’ own Larry Bowa. Some GMs have become managers too — Bobby Cox famously did so with the Braves and Dan Jennings did with the Marlins — but there wasn’t a firing in between their job switch. That stuff aside, I can’t think of a situation that would be roughly comparable to this.

Gallegos agrees to $11M, 2-year contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said Monday before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.