Storylines: Collins, Alderson likely to return for Mets
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Here are the stories from Monday, Sept. 15.
- The Mets are expected to bring back both general manager Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins for the 2015 season, sources told Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. Contract details haven't been finalized with either man, though since Collins is already signed through 2015, Alderson's status is the only one that needs to be immediately addressed. The GM's previous deal will expire at the end of the season, and though the Mets hold a team option on his services for 2015, Martino reported that it's more likely the Mets will work out an extension with Alderson rather than just exercise the one-year option.
- After Detroit handed them a sweep over the weekend, the news for the Indians was no better Monday, as utility man Ryan Raburn's hyperextended left knee hadn't improved at all, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reported. Manager Terry Francona said that day-to-day status may no longer be applicable, as Raburn received treatment to no avail prior to Monday's game against the Astros. An MRI is likely imminent, but Francona said that hasn't been on the checklist yet. In fact, Raburn, who injured the knee in Saturday's loss to Detroit, made the trip precisely because the club thought he might be available at some point during this four-game set. Raburn has not formally been shut down for the season just yet, but if he can't go within the next four days, there won't be much time left for him to heal.
News and Notes:
- In his latest Insider-only piece for ESPN, Buster Olney expressed doubt that the Orioles would re-sign Nelson Cruz this winter. The O's are more likely to let Cruz go and pick up an extra draft pick (via the qualifying offer) since Cruz's big season may have made him too expensive for Baltimore. If the team looks for a right-handed bat to replace Cruz, Olney opined that the Braves' Evan Gattis, rumored to be a trade candidate, would be a perfect fit as the Orioles' new designated hitter.
- Infielder Nick Franklin, part of the haul that the Rays acquired in the David Price trade, was recalled to join the club yesterday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported. Once ranked as one of the game's top 50 prospects by MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus, Franklin struggled for much of his time at Triple-A with the Rays, hitting just .210/.288/.290. As Topkin pointed out, Franklin did hit .424 with a pair of homers in nine playoff games that aren't included in that stat line, and he of course had an excellent first half as a rookie with the Mariners in 2013, hitting .268/.337/.451 in 169 plate appearances.
- The Red Sox could follow the same method they did with Andrew Miller and the one the Royals/Rays employed with Wade Davis by moving some of their current young starting options to the bullpen, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal wrote. MacPherson noted that Brandon Workman already looks like a future reliever and speculated that some or all of Allen Webster, Anthony Ranaudo and Rubby De La Rosa could end up in the bullpen eventually as well. MacPherson also spoke with Miller about the transition from the rotation to the bullpen.
- Aaron Hill told FOX Sports' Jack Magruder that he wants to remain with the Diamondbacks next season. Hill has lost September playing time to some of the D'Backs' young infielders and was shopped before the July trade deadline. It's no surprise that Arizona might be looking to the future given that Hill has struggled this season, he'll be 33 next Opening Day and the second baseman is still owed $24 million through the 2016 season.