Mike Scioscia confirms he is not returning to Angels next year

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The Angels’ 2018 campaign was a disappointment. Even after winning the final game of the season in walk-off fashion, they finish with an 80-82 record, missing the postseason for a fourth consecutive year.

During his postgame press conference, manager Mike Scioscia confirmed he will not return to manage the Angels next season. Per Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group, Scioscia said, “I am going to step down. I will not be returning to manage the Angels next year.” Scoscia had been baseball’s longest-tenured manager.

Scioscia, 59, has managed the Angels since 2000. The club went 1,650-1,428 (.536) under his leadership, reaching the postseason seven times, winning the AL pennant once, and winning the World Series once in 2002 over the Giants.

It is unclear if Scioscia plans to continue managing elsewhere. If he does, he would certainly draw interest from teams with managerial openings. The Blue Jays and Rangers both recently let go of their managers (John Gibbons and Jeff Banister, respectively). The Reds are interviewing candidates to potentially replace interim manager Jim Riggleman. The Orioles are expected to replace Buck Showalter.

Batting champion Luis Arraez beats Marlins in salary arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — AL batting champion Luis Arraez won his arbitration case and will get a $6.1 million salary from the Miami Marlins, who acquired the All-Star infielder from the Minnesota Twins last month.

Miami argued for $5 million during a hearing before John Stout, Mark Burstein and Scott Buchheit. Arraez received a raise from $2.2 million.

Marlins pitcher Jesus Luzardo went to a hearing and asked for a raise from $715,000 to $2.45 million, while Miami proposed $2.1 million. The case was heard by Stout, Melinda Gordon and Richard Bloch, who were expected to issue their decision.

Arraez hit .316 with eight homers, 49 RBIs and a .795 OPS last year for Minnesota, starting 61 games at first base, 34 at designated hitter and 31 at second. The 25-year-old was traded on Jan. 20 for starting pitcher Pablo Lopez and a pair of prospects: infielder Jose Salas and outfielder Byron Chourio.

Arraez is eligible for free agency after the 2026 season.

Luzardo, a 25-year-old left-hander, was 4-7 with a 3.32 ERA in 18 starts last year, striking out 120 and walking 35 in 100 1/3 innings. He is 13-18 with a 3.59 ERA in 45 starts and 16 relief appearances over four big league seasons.

Luzardo also is eligible for free agency after the 2026 season.

Seattle defeated Diego Castillo in the first salary arbitration decision this year, and the relief pitcher will get a raise to $2.95 million rather than his request of $3,225,000.

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Twenty-two players remain scheduled for hearings, to take place through Feb. 17. Among them, utilityman Dylan Moore and the Seattle Mariners have a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.