GM/Manager Rumors: Pirates, Valentine, Marlins, Avila

With the reports that Seattle has hired Eric Wedge, one spot on the managerial carousel has been filled.  Here's a look at some other management rumors…

  • Wedge wasn't just Seattle's first choice, but he was also "seen as the favorite" in Pittsburgh according to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated (Twitter link).  Heyman says the "job seems wide, wide open" even though the Pirates have interviewed a half-dozen other candidates.
  • Bobby Valentine spoke to SIRIUS XM's Chris Russo today and Tom Haudricourt of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has some transcribed highlights.  Valentine says he doesn't have a "burning desire" to manage again, but rather a desire that has to be "cultivated" by an interested suitor.  Valentine also noted that he doesn't expect to hear back from the Blue Jays, and that he has had "conversations" about the Brewers job but not a formal interview.
  • The Miami Herald's Clark Spencer says the Marlins might wait 7-10 days before even starting the interview process.  Jon Paul Morosi of tweets that Bo Porter is the favorite of some Florida officials.
  • The Mets have asked the Tigers for permission to interview Detroit assistant GM Al Avila, reports John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press (and passed on by Newsday's Ken Davidoff).
  • Don Baylor has been replaced as Colorado's batting coach, reports The Denver Post's Troy Renck.  Baylor, who's a candidate for at least one managerial job (Toronto), has been offered a new position with the Rockies as a special assistant to GM Dan O'Dowd.
  • Nolan Ryan "would be shocked" if Rangers GM Jon Daniels exercised the opt-out clause in his contract this winter, tweets the New York Post's Joel Sherman.

19 Responses to GM/Manager Rumors: Pirates, Valentine, Marlins, Avila Leave a Reply

  1. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    Can the Mets get Al’s son instead?

  2. gursk1989 5 years ago


  3. gursk1989 5 years ago

    I know this isn’t really a Mets post, but if I were the new Mets GM, I would trade Ike Davis to the Rays for Matt Garza. I think this would benefit both teams greatly, as the Rays need a lefty, young, cheap first baseman, and the Mets need a number 2 guy like Garza. Getting a first baseman nowadays is much easier than trying to get a true number 2 guy, and with Santana out for who knows how long, Garza would fit in perfectly. And imagine how well he’d do in the NL in Citi… The Mets could then turnaround and sign Pena and his Gold Glove for a year or two while they wait for Pujols :) or develop another first baseman.

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      What? Garza wont cost Davis, but either way, whats the point of trading your young promising 1B for a #2 only to sign someone like Carlos Pena? Might as well just keep Davis and sign someone like Jeff Francis for example…Plus, Garza is getable without Davis. Something like Nieuwenhuis, Rodriguez, and Moore might get it done.

      • Just_MLB 5 years ago

        what !?!?
        garza would cost Ike + prospects.
        u could keep ike and sign vasquez for 1 year. javy in a fly ball park would have a 3.50 ERA and with any support 15 wins.

        • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

          No he wouldn’t cost “Ike + prospects” at all.

          • Just_MLB 5 years ago

            so let me get this straight….

            matt garza who in 3 years has averaged a 3.89 ERA in the AL EAST, facing the Yankees and Red Sox….also over 200 IP each year..
            matt garza who also has a great post-season resume..
            matt garza who is 26 years old ( or 2 years older than Ike )

            u do realize ur talking about THAT Matt Garza.

            I like Ike ( pun intended + PAUSE ) but no way in hell the rays make that trade.
            + its not a given the mets are able to sign a free-agent 1st baseman. why would u do that 1 year before pujols/agon/and fielder become free-agents…
            smh…and u talk about omar…

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

            i dont get it. First you said he would cost Ike plus prospects, now your saying no way the Rays make that trade? Clarify.

          • jwredsox 5 years ago

            Don’t put much value in postseason stats. He has had only 5 starts with an ERA near 3.50. Way too small of a sample size, people just remember those great games he had and run with it.

        • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

          No it wouldn’t cost “Ike + Prospects”.

        • TeamCropDusters 5 years ago

          No. Garza for Ike is a pretty fair deal straight up. Look at team control.

          Davis will be under team control for 5 years after this. That in and of itself makes it a fair deal seeing as Garza is about to get pretty expensive.

          That being said the Rays wouldn’t trade their second best pitcher for a talent less than Ike.

      • gursk1989 5 years ago

        I seriously doubt that. Garza is an awesomne pitcher, with no hit stuff, literally. He has playoff experience, and would be a dream in Citi field. The Mets have a lott of money coming off of the books next season, and if they have a hole at first base, they can fill it with a mucg better first baseman. They won’t if Davis is around, though. That way, Ike Davis and cash brings them Garza and somebody like Fielder. Imagine a rotation of Santana, Garza, Neise, Pelfrey and Dickey.

  4. nostocksjustbonds 5 years ago

    Bobby Valentine is probably the only source for any of the rumors involving him getting a manager’s job. hard to believe any GM would hire that guy. he’s a total clown.

  5. Fangaffes 5 years ago

    “Valentine says he doesn’t have a “burning desire” to manage again, but rather a desire that has to be “cultivated” by an interested suitor.”

    What? He wants to become a gigolo?

  6. I’m not going to lie, I let out a huge sigh of relief when I read that Valentine won’t be hearing back from the Jays. They need a young manager who can grow with the team

  7. TeamCropDusters 5 years ago

    If Daniels does go I too would be shocked. I wouldn’t blame him since it his childhood club and it could possibly be his dream job. But as a Rangers fan I would love to see him stay. He has built this club to where it is today.If he does go I would like to see us stay in house and promote Asst. GM Thad Levine. He has almost as much to do with our success as JD.

    • TeamCropDusters 5 years ago

      But, if JD leaves for any other team than the Mets, may he burn in molten lava.

  8. ludafish 5 years ago

    Not that anyone cares really, but Bo Porter the favorite to manage the marlins? he was an AWFUL third base coach for us for some years, so why would they want him managing the team?

  9. marlinsdoit 5 years ago

    Marlins go from Bobby Valentine to Bo Porter? He might be a nice guy, but he sucked as a 3rd base coach and was let go from the organization. What makes the F.O. Think he can manage this young team?

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