During the winter meetings in Las Vegas, Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto felt ill and was taken to a hospital out of “an abundance of caution,” Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. According to Jim Bowden, Dipoto developed a series of blood clots in his lungs. He is expected to be released from the hospital later on Thursday.
Despite the health issue, Dipoto still managed to make a trade — a three-team trade, in fact. The Mariners sent 1B/DH Carlos Santana and $6 million to the Indians in exchange for DH Edwin Encarnacion and a competitive balance round B pick in the 2019 draft. The Rays got infielder Yandy Diaz, pitcher Cole Sulser, and $5 million from the Indians and the Indians will receive 1B Jake Bauers from the Rays.
Asisstant GM Justin Hollander was in the hospital room with Dipoto when the trade was finalized and took a picture of Dipoto in his hospital gown giving a thumbs up.
Hollander said of Dipoto, “He’s feeling better. I was just texting with him and his wife, Tammy, said he was feeling better. Hopefully, he gets out of there today and can fly back tomorrow. They are still running tests and getting results. But I would assume it’s nothing serous if they are hopefully going to let him go home today.”
Dipoto has perhaps been the most active GM in terms of trades since taking over as GM of the Mariners in 2015. It is very on brand for him to wheel and deal in a hospital room.
The Padres fired manager Andy Green on Saturday, per an official team release. Bench coach Rod Barajas will step into the position for the remaining eight games of the 2019 season.
Executive Vice President and GM A.J. Preller gave a statement in the wake of Green’s dismissal:
I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organization to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego. Our search for a new manager will begin immediately.
In additional comments made to reporters, Preller added that the decision had not been made based on the Padres’ current win-loss record (a fourth-place 69-85 in the NL West), but rather on the lack of response coming from the team.
“Looking at the performance, looking at it from an improvement standing, we haven’t seen the team respond in the last few months,” Preller said. “When you get to the point where you’re questioning where things are headed … we have to make that call.”
Since his hiring in October 2015, Green has faced considerable challenges on the Padres’ long and winding path to postseason contention. He shepherded San Diego through four consecutive losing seasons, drawing a career 274-366 record as the club extended their streak to 13 seasons without a playoff appearance. And, despite some definite strides in the right direction — including an eight-year, $144 million pact with Eric Hosmer, a 10-year, $300 million pact with superstar Manny Machado, and the development of top prospect Fernando Tatís Jr. — lingering injuries and inexplicable slumps from key players stalled the rebuild longer than the Padres would have liked.
For now, they’ll prepare to roll the dice with a new skipper in 2020, though any potential candidates have yet to be identified for the role. It won’t come cheap, either, as Green inked a four-year extension back in 2017 — one that should have seen him through the team’s 2021 campaign.