Central Notes: Inge, Francona, Tigers, Indians, Pirates

"I'll be ready for spring," said former Tiger and current Athletic Brandon Inge to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (Twitter link). Inge recently had season-ending shoulder surgery. Here is the latest from baseball's two Central divisions…

  • Terry Francona's name is "already making the rounds" as a possible hire for the Tigers or Indians this winter, writes Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. It's unclear if Cleveland would even be able to afford the former Red Sox skipper, however.
  • Pirates owner Bob Nutting is looking into his club's operations according to Dejan Kovacevic of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, including the draft, player development, and free agent spending. Kovacevic says he "won’t be surprised in the slightest if (Nutting) takes action once this season ends."
  • MLB.com's Peter Gammons wrote about the Brewers and GM Doug Melvin, who has made moves to help bring the club back to contention during his ten years at the helm. Our Transaction Tracker has a list of Melvin's moves, which include deals for CC Sabathia and Zack Greinke.

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4 Comments on "Central Notes: Inge, Francona, Tigers, Indians, Pirates"

2 years 11 months ago

Its unbelievable as a Cleveland fan to read one of the first optimistic rumors of the upcoming offseason, only to have it shut down in the same sentence. Dolans need to sell them team, and Acta needs to go as well.

2 years 11 months ago

phew!! good news about Inge, I was seriously worried there for a sec

2 years 11 months ago

The Brewers made moves to win and let go of prospects….the Pirates choose not to and blow another opportunity. As a Brewers fan…I am ok with that.

eugene tober
2 years 11 months ago

The best action that Nutting, the Bucs ownwer, could take is the firing of GM Huntington and Manager Hurdle.