Storylines: Rays tab Cash as new manager
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Here are the stories from Friday, Dec. 5.
- The Rays hired former big league catcher Kevin Cash as their next manager, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Cash was reportedly one of three finalists with Raul Ibanez and former Mariners manager/current Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu. Ibanez had reportedly withdrawn himself from consideration earlier this week. Cash, who turns 37 today, served as the Indians' bullpen coach in 2013-14 after a brief stop in the Blue Jays' scouting department following his playing career. Earlier this offseason, Cash was one of three finalists for the Rangers' managerial opening, alongside eventual winner Jeff Banister and now-former Rangers coach Tim Bogar.
- The Yankees, Diamondbacks and Tigers officially announced a three-team trade sending shortstop Didi Gregorius from the D-Backs to the Yankees, right-hander Shane Greene from the Yankees to the Tigers, and left-hander Robbie Ray and infield prospect Domingo Leyba to the Diamondbacks.
- If the trade gets between Cleveland and Oakland gets done, it will likely be a one-for-one swap sending a player that is not on Cleveland's 40-man roster to the A's for Brandon Moss, according to Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. That would rule out Ramirez and Gonzalez and indicate that Joey Wendle could be the return for Oakland.
News and Notes:
- The Yankees announced the signing of lefty Andrew Miller to a four-year contract and will reportedly receive a $36 million guarantee, but the contract does not include a no-trade clause. Miller will receive a straight $9 million annual salary, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The deal does not include any options.
- The Mariners are showing increased interest in free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reported. Seattle is reportedly in the market for a right-handed bat, but GM Jack Zduriencik recently noted that a switch-hitter would hold particular appeal. Cabrera is after a five-year deal with a guarantee of over $50 million, Dutton added. Though the 30-year-old has been said to have an interest in playing somewhere on the east side of the country, sources told Dutton that the 30-year-old is now willing to consider a broader geographical range.
- The Mariners, Royals, and Indians have all checked in on Alex Rios, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Rios, who joined the Boras Corporation earlier this offseason, has had a fairly quiet market to this point, though one would expect interest to pick up now that Nelson Cruz, Torii Hunter and Yasmany Tomas are off the market.
- The Padres announced that they added some middle infield depth by signing Clint Barmes to a one-year contract with a club option for the 2016 season. Barmes reportedly received a $1.3 million base salary with a $2 million club option that comes with a $200,000 buyout. All told, it's a $1.5 million guarantee, and the option's value can reportedly increase to as much as $4 million based on incentives.
- The Cubs announced that Ryan Dempster signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Cubs organization and will now join the team's front office as a special assistant to president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer. Per a team press release, Dempster's responsibilities will include working with pitchers in Spring Training, visiting the club's minor league affiliates during the season, evaluating amateur players leading up to the 2015 draft and going on pro scouting assignments as well.
I'd give up two of the four players mentioned in the article for Moss, but not three. I' ll probably still complain next winter about how bad tribe got ripped off next winter - just do not see more than Murphy or any other outfielder not named Brantley the Indians have acquired in this century.
Still no change to the ongoing drama regarding a deal with the A's over Brandon Moss.. Well, maybe it happens.. maybe it won't.. One thing is certain.. Moss is being traded.. Anything more than a "one for one", especially for a guy coming off MAJOR hip surgery.. will be an over pay.. At least that's how it should be.. We shall see..
Congrats to the Cash - Man.. WINNAH!! (?) of the Managerial Sweepstakes for the Tampa Bay Rays.. Time to make sure the message is passed that the guys on Tito's staff can be moved for a price...
I hate to lose Baker, they need big qlty arms and Baker has one. I think he develops into a MOR arm with upside in a few yrs. I like both Naquin and Ramsey as fringe to good versatile big league OF.
As for Destin Hood, he had a qlty season are AAA. He's a former football player with lots of talent. I think he's been a bit slow to transition to baseball, but, IMHO, still has upside. He will be 25 next season with a partial yr of AAA under his belt. Btw, he posted qlty offensive numbers. Signing him is not your avg. minor league FA. He's a guy time ran out on with the Nats, he became a minor league FA and apparently, the Indians seized an opportunity here. Solid minor league pickup. He kind of reminds me of the Moncrief situation. Strong build, talented athlete, maybe not quite put it all together (yet). However, he's had two very good yrs in a row. He's a RH bat, and I think there's still upside here. Hood was a top prospect in the Nats org. I indentified him a cpl yrs back as a possible rule 5 selection bc of his tools. I think he could be a bit of a sleeper pickup by the Tribe. That is, he's still young enough and talented enough to develop into a ML player or at least get a cup of coffee. I think hes a qlty minor league add, with upside. Hood is 24, and will be 25 next season. Overall, good move by the Tribe if another young(er) OF is traded.
I wonder if Kevin would be looking to take any Tribe coaches (from majors or minors) with him to Tampa.