Storylines: Alomar appears likely to return to Cleveland
In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI.
Here are the stories from Monday, Oct. 20.
- The Twins told Sandy Alomar Jr. that he is no longer under consideration for their mangerial opening, Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reported. Hale was also advised that he will not get the position, according to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Star (h/t Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press).
- The Indians and Royals topped Baseball America's list of teams who had the best 2014 draft, based on how the prospects selected in June have thus far performed in their young pro careers. A number of AL Central prospects appear in the follow-up lists based on player performance, with Royals lefty Brandon Finnegan's name appearing multiple times — no surprise there, given that Finnegan has already reached the majors and has thrown some key bullpen innings for K.C. during the postseason.
News and Notes:
- The Royals passed on a chance to sign Sergio Romo for a meager $1,000 bonus before the Giants eventually took a chance on the reliever, ESPN.com's Keith Law tweeted. While Kansas City certainly cannot be faulted for leaving the then-unheralded Romo behind, it surely would have been nice to have added him from the team's perspective.
- On the other hand, the Royals were willing to pay righty Tim Hudson, who said that K.C. made him a "very good offer" of two years this past offseason, as Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reported. Like Romo, the veteran ended up with the Giants — in his case, by choice — and will square off against the Royals in the World Series.
- Atlanta faces some decisions in the outfield. David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution went into more detail on the situations of the disappointing B.J. Upton and corner outfielders Justin Upton and Jason Heyward, both of whom will become free agents at season's end. The Braves "seem prepared" to take a bath on the elder Upton's long-term deal to move him off the roster, according to O'Brien, and if the can manage it would probably utilize Heyward or a stop-gap in center. Dealing one of the other two players while trying to extend the other has long been discussed as a plausible option, and O'Brien indicated that it is a realistic option to slide Evan Gattis into a corner role to fill any resulting void.
- As far as extensions go, O'Brien said the Braves talked with Heyward's representatives about a deal last winter. The team was interested in something that would have fallen well shy of Freddie Freeman's $135 million pact, O'Brien said, and Heyward's asking price was well out of Atlanta's comfort zone. His number has, in all likelihood, only gone up in the meantime, as Heyward just turned 25 and continues to rack up production — even though he has not returned to the offensive power ceiling he showed earlier in his career.
- The Cardinals view Jon Jay as their starting center fielder heading into the 2015 season after the 29-year-old hit .302/.372/.378 in 140 games. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak revealed that Jay will have his wrist scoped this week to clear out some damage that has been lingering since July.
- Second baseman Cord Phelps elected free agency. Phelps played for the Orioles in 2014, appearing in three Major League games and hitting .259/.361/.388 over 403 PA at Triple-A Norfolk.
Good news about Sandy, he wouldn't look good in another uni. They should give him a raise.
The Upton brothers for Bourn, Murphy, Chisenhall and Walters.
or BJ Upton and Gattis for Bourn