Odds & Ends: Astros, Brewers, Tigers

Let's take one more look around the web on this Friday evening:

  • Manny Acta confirmed to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that he has been contacted by the Astros regarding their managerial vacancy.  Acta managed the Washington Nationals for two-seasons-and-change, leading them to a 132-198 record in that time.
  • Adam McCalvy of MLB.com spoke to Rick Peterson, who said that Milwaukee is at the "very top" of his list.  McCalvy notes that Peterson wasn't completely out of baseball in 2009 as he was called in to help Scott Kazmir in Tampa Bay.
  • The Tigers have invited all of their coaches back for next season except for one, writes Jason Beck of MLB.com.  First-base coach and outfield instructor Andy Van Slyke has "decided to pursue other opportunities," according to a Tigers press release.
  • Patrick Hayes of MLive.com wants the Tigers to go after Milton Bradley and Justin DuchschererESPN's Rob Neyer offers up his response.
  • Chuck Finder of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette takes a look at top prospects Pedro Alvarez, Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata as they are named three of the top players in the Double-A Eastern League.
  • Pat Gillick was surprised to hear that Bobby Cox will retire after 2010, writes Mark Bowman of MLB.com.

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