Dodgers acquire Ryan Madson from Nationals

Getty Images
6 Comments

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired reliever Ryan Madson from the Washington Nationals. One player is reported to be heading back to Washington in the deal, but his identity is not yet known.

The Dodgers’ bullpen has been a train wreck of late and they’re hoping that Madson can help matters. Whether he can or not is an open question. His 2018 season has been among the worst of his career. He’s currently 2-5 with a 5.28 ERA while his strikeout rate has gone down and his walk and hit rate have shot up this year.

Still, he’s a new face and some relievers have seen their seasons turn around with a change of scenery in the past, so why not take a gamble?

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

Minnesota Twis v Kansas City Royals
Getty Images
2 Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.