Blue Jays Close To Naming New Manager

SUNDAY: Former Indians manager Manny Acta has been strongly reviewed by the Blue Jays, tweets ESPN's Buster Olney.

SATURDAY, 10:42am: The Blue Jays have not contacted Riggleman according to his agent Burton Rocks, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Riggleman would be interested in the job, however.

10:20am: The Blue Jays have been a busy team all week, first agreeing to a blockbuster trade then signing Melky Cabrera. ESPN's Buster Olney hears that the club is now close to naming a new manager as well, with two of the finalists being Jim Tracy and Jim Riggleman.

Tracy, 56, led the Rockies to a 294-308 record during his 3+ years at the helm. He resigned from the job last month. Riggleman, 60, last managed in the big leagues with the Nationals, leading them to a record in 140-172 record in 2+ years. He resigned from the team in June of 2011. Olney speculates (on Twitter) that the Blue Jays could hire a manager really in-tune with the running game given the presence of Jose Reyes, Rajai Davis, Emilio Bonifacio, and others.

Edward Creech contributed to this post.


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