Heyman On Orioles, Torre, Mets, Harper

Andy MacPhail knows it's not an easy time to manage the Orioles. He told Jon Heyman of SI.com that some of the managerial candidates the club is considering have limited interest in the job. "Let's be honest, I'm not sure this gig's for everyone," MacPhail said. Here's the latest on the Orioles' search for a manager along with the rest of Heyman's rumors:

  • Davey Johnson, who led the Orioles to the playoffs in 1996-97, has been mentioned internally.
  • Johnson and Bobby Valentine seem like long shots for the job.
  • If current Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez is available, the Braves could choose him to replace Bobby Cox.
  • The Dodgers offered Joe Torre an extension this spring, but Torre turned it down. Heyman says most baseball people see the Dodgers moving on after the season.
  • The Mets prefer Cliff Lee to Roy Oswalt.
  • Many of Heyman's sources expect Bryce Harper to sign for more than Mark Teixeira's $9.5MM deal and less than Stephen Strasburg's $15.1MM deal. Harper, who is a Scott Boras client like Teixeira and Strasburg, appears headed for a $12MM deal, according to Heyman.

14 Responses to Heyman On Orioles, Torre, Mets, Harper Leave a Reply

  1. TVReviewsion 5 years ago

    Who wouldn’t prefer Cliff to Oswalt?

    • oremlk 5 years ago

      Somebody who doesn’t want to sell half of their top prospects to get one of them?

      Somebody who wants a player who will be under contract through next season?

      Somebody who doesn’t want to re-sign Lee and pay him Sabathia money?

      • Jason_F 5 years ago

        Your first two points are right on the money. However, the last one is really moot, because it is widely accepted that Lee will be testing the free agent market and likely going to the highest bidder regardless of what team acquires him this season via trade.

      • Msforever 5 years ago

        Half their prospects? And what does Oswalt make, like 16 million? That’s pretty close to Sabathia money right there.

        • oremlk 5 years ago

          Sabathia is making $23M annually. He is in an entirely different pay grade from Oswalt.

          Also, I said half their top prospects, not half their prospects. I was referring, perhaps unclearly, to an organization’s top ten.

          • Msforever 5 years ago

            Different pay grade? Kinda like the difference between $16 million and $9 million? And half their prospects? And I doubt Lee gets paid $23 million.

          • oremlk 5 years ago

            Except Lee is only a half season rental, and after that will either depart or require a $100M+ payday to stay on (over $20M per year).

            What exactly are you trying to argue here?

          • Msforever 5 years ago

            My argument is simply that it’s not going to take five out of 10 of a team’s top prospects to acquire Lee. My second argument is that it’s obvious why most teams prefer Lee (Because he’s way cheaper than Oswalt)

          • oremlk 5 years ago

            Except he’s not. He’s just expensive in a different way–amount of prospects required. He’ll also be more expensive if the team wants an ace for 2011 and (at the buying team’s discretion) 2012.

  2. MacPhail.. What an appropriate name for anyone associated with the Orioles.

    • switchhitingjesus 5 years ago

      you are really quite funny. That is about the oldest joke in the book.

  3. Gumby65 5 years ago

    Dodgers moving on after season…. To Donnie Baseball or REALLY moving on?
    (One vote for Tim Wallach).

  4. invader3k 5 years ago

    If the Dodgers “move on” from Torre after this season, does he find another managerial job after this season, or ride off into retirement?

  5. I think Torre will retire after this season. He’s been coaching for 33 years, and he’s 70. As for the next manager, I think it will be Mattingly, but Wallach is an interesting option at AAA.

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