Storylines: Could Rob Manfred be the next commissioner?
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 Friday, May 23rd.
- Last week, it was announced that Major League Baseball had formed a committee to appoint the league’s next commissioner at the end of Bud Selig’s tenure, which will come to an end next January. Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times reported that several owners have indicated to him their belief that Selig is strongly in favor of COO Rob Manfred taking the reins when his own time is through. Schmidt further reported that Selig’s push for Manfred as his heir is meeting some resistance from an unexpected source — White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf. Schmidt spoke with more than 20 owners, senior team officials and MLB officials for his piece and came away with the knowledge that Reinsdorf — a long-time supporter of Selig – "has broken ranks and tried to upend the plan to slide Mr. Manfred into the commissioner’s office on Park Avenue." Current candidates, in addition to Manfred, include Disney chief executive Bob Iger, Giants president Larry Baer, Braves chairman Terry McGuirk and Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski, according to Schmidt.
- With an injured left knee and right foot hampering Asdrubal Cabrera, Justin Sellers started at shortstop for the Indians last night. Cabrera took a pitch off his kneecap during the final inning of Cleveland's 13-inning win against the Tigers on Wednesday. According to David Wilson of MLB.com, the foot injury is not related, but has been nagging at the shortstop for a couple of days. Cabrera had an MRI on Friday morning and everything checked out, so he won't be a candidate to go on the disabled list yet.
- Nick Swisher was feeling tenderness on the inside of his right knee and was out of the starting lineup on Friday.
News and Notes:
- The Blue Jays designated right-hander Esmil Rogers for assignment, manager John Gibbons announced in a radio appearance on The Fan 590.
- Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado left yesterday's game with a left mallet finger fracture, the club announced. The injury occurred to his left middle finger, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. While it is too early to speculate on a timeline, the injury could potentially require surgery. Last year, Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro was able to play through a similar injury after missing just six games, but his featured only tendon damage and was not accompanied by a fracture. Moreover, as Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News noted, Scutaro still required surgery, and playing through the pain contributed to an injury to another finger.
- Buster Olney of ESPN.com suggested that the Giants could potentially make sense as a trade partner with the Cubs for pitcher Jeff Samardzija. He noted that San Francisco has been aggressive in dealing prospects for veterans in the past and could add Samardzija with the hope of eventually extending him (much as they did with Hunter Pence).
- The Tigers announced that they outrighted the contract of minor league infielder Francisco Martinez off the 40-man roster in order to clear a spot for right-hander Corey Knebel, whose contract was officially selected from Triple-A Toledo.
- The Cardinals announced that 28-year-old outfielder Joey Butler was released so that his contract could be purchased by the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball.
- Outfielder Justin Maxwell cleared outright waivers and accepted his assignment to the Royals‘ Triple-A affiliate, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.