Manager Rumors: Jays, Sandberg, Mariners, Orioles

The Cubs made the day's big move, signing Mike Quade to a two-year deal, but there's lots of chatter about another candidate for the Cubs job and other teams around the league. Here are the details:

  • Sal Fasano, Dave Martinez, Luis Rivera and Rob Thomson have all been informed that they're no longer candidates for the Toronto manager's job, tweets Shi Davidi of The Canadian Press.  Don Baylor is also out of the running and is "not pleased about it," according to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun (Twitter link).
  • Ryne Sandberg, a finalist for the Cubs job, may leave the organization, a source tells Ed Price of AOL FanHouse (Twitter link).
  • Sandberg told ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago that he would like to manage elsewhere, though he was disappointed not to get the Cubs job.
  • Daren Brown, who managed the Mariners after Don Wakamatsu's dismissal, will either manage at Triple-A or be on the major league staff next year, according to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times (on Twitter).
  • Wedge said he's looking forward to working with Milton Bradley again, according to Stone (on Twitter). "I don’t hold any grudges," Wedge said. Bradley said yesterday that he's open to Wedge's hiring.
  • Orioles manager Buck Showalter will meet with president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail and owner Peter Angelos to discuss the team's offseason approach, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun.
  • Earlier today, Jon Heyman of SI.com reported that the Mets "love" Joe Girardi and noted that the Yankees skipper lost some leverage when Quade got the Cubs job (Twitter links).


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18 Comments on "Manager Rumors: Jays, Sandberg, Mariners, Orioles"


start_wearing_purple
4 years 10 months ago

Umm Girardi has 2 consecutive postseason appearances and a WS win under his belt so far. I’m pretty sure he’ll be getting an offer from the yanks when the postseason is over… never mind that he’s “lost leverage” with the Mets.

basemonkey
4 years 10 months ago

I think this might only be important in how Girardi uses the Mets as leverage for a better contract with the Yanks.

Slopeboy
4 years 10 months ago

First it was the Cubs, then the Cards and now the Mets. Please give me a break!! The Cubs rumor was pausible because of the history and pedigree. The Cards rumor was a reach, but now this Mets rumor is just plain ludicrous. Why would he leave the stable and professional Yankees for circus that is the Mets? The everyday pressure ,scrutiny, and media frenzy would be enormous and not worth any kind of money for Girardi.

shockey12
4 years 10 months ago

Girardi whom I perceive not to be a good manager could manage a $200 million team to the playoffs…but yeah Girardi is a good manager

Joe L
4 years 10 months ago

He means that he lost leverage with the Yankees, in that, he can no longer use the Cubs as an alternative option for him when negotiating with the Yankees, not the Mets.

4 years 10 months ago

Girardi’s just proof that even anybody can manage the Yankees into October….And that’s coming from a Yankees fan.

Vmmercan
4 years 10 months ago

A former Manager of the year is proof anyone can manage? Oh, OK.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 10 months ago

The only good news about Rivera not managing the Jays is that he will manage the Fisher Cats next season. Nice!

Sniderlover
4 years 10 months ago

Yeah he needs more experience and he did a great job down there.

Personally, I think he should be at Vegas.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 10 months ago

I know I say this about everybody, but what a great guy as well. Can’t wait to see he and the guys in Dunedin!

start_wearing_purple
4 years 10 months ago

The Jays did however say Sal Fasano’s facial hair is still be considered.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 10 months ago

If they interview Sal Fasano, they might as well interview Corky Miller.

boyofsummer
4 years 10 months ago

Wasn’t he Bautista’s beard mentor?

start_wearing_purple
4 years 10 months ago

Probably, but Fasano learned from Rollie Fingers’ mustache.

EdinsonPickle
4 years 10 months ago

Sal Fasano no longer under consideration!? Blasphemy!

Sniderlover
4 years 10 months ago

lol… he didn’t have much of a chance I guess. He has very little experience but he’s still done a great job down there.

4 years 10 months ago

good call above, i didn’t want girardi coming to the cubs. maybe in a few more years when he has some more experience. Quade earned the job and will come at a much smaller paycheck than joe.

4 years 10 months ago

Girardi has managed 3 seasons 2 playoff apperences, 1 WS and had his marlins team in contention most of the year which gave him NL manager of the year. How could you want girardi when he has more expierence, but be ok with Quade? That makes almost no sense