MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that Marlins manager Don Mattingly has decided to take Brad Ziegler out of the closer’s role. A replacement has not yet been named.
Ziegler, 38, is 9-for-10 in save chances, but owns a 7.83 ERA with a 15/6 K/BB ratio in 15 innings. He blew a save opportunity on Wednesday, yielding two runs and recording only one out against the Padres. He also surrendered three runs and recorded two outs against the Nationals on Saturday.
Kyle Barraclough figures to be the top candidate to get saves in Ziegler’s place. The right-hander has a 1.48 ERA with a 27/15 K/BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings. Drew Steckenrider and Tayron Guerrero are other candidates, but both have ERA’s in the 5.00’s.
The Kansas City Royals just announced that Ned Yost will retire following the final game of the season. Mike Matheny will take over as the Royals manager for the 2020 season.
Yost, 65, led the Royals to victory in the 2015 World Series and to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. He will retire as the winningest manager in Royals history. In ten years at the helm in Kansas City he is 744-836 with five games remaining. Before he managed the Royals he managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, compiling a 457-502 record. In all, he is 1,201-1,338. When he’s done on Sunday he will finish 32nd all-time in games managed with 2,544.
The Royals now will look for the man who will, hopefully, see the current rebuild through. Multiple reporters have cited former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as Yost’s likely replacement. He currently serves as a special advisor in the club’s player development department. He managed the Cards from 2012-18, winning the NL pennant in 2013 and finishing with a record of 591-474 in St. Louis.
Here is the Royals official statement on Yost’s retirement: