Veteran reliever Francisco Rodríguez wants to pitch next season, Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports.
Rodríguez, 36, signed a minor league contract with the Phillies but was released near the end of spring training. He was unable to get another contract with a major league team, so he signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League. The last time Rodríguez pitched in the majors was in 2017 with the Tigers and he struggled to a 7.82 ERA over 25 1/3 innings.
Rodríguez turns 37 in January. Given that he was unable to attract any interest after the Phillies released him earlier this year, it seems even more unlikely that he’d be able to land a contract this offseason, but teams can never have too much relief depth.
TORONTO — Don Mattingly is joining the Toronto Blue Jays as bench coach to manager John Schneider, the team announced.
The former New York Yankees slugger, a six-time All-Star, joins the Blue Jays after seven seasons as manager of the Florida Marlins, where he won NL Manager of the Year honors in 2020.
Mattingly previously spent five seasons as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning three division titles in that span. He also worked as hitting coach and bench coach for the Yankees, and as hitting coach of the Dodgers before his managerial stint in Los Angeles.
In Toronto, Mattingly replaces Casey Candaele, who was promoted from Triple-A Buffalo to serve as Schneider’s bench coach after the Jays fired manager Charlie Montoyo in July, replacing him with Schneider. The Blue Jays said Candaele will resume his job as manager of the Triple-A Bisons in 2023.
Mattingly spent his entire 14-year playing career with the Yankees, winning nine Gold Glove awards at first base, three Silver Slugger awards, the 1984 AL batting title and the 1985 AL MVP award.