Quick Hits: Francona, Indians, Mattingly, Dodgers

Here's tonight's look around baseball as Wednesday turns to Thursday..

  • With Terry Francona returning to Fenway Park later this week as the Indians' manager, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports writes that solid relationships have contributed to his success at the helm of his new club.  Morosi notes that part of the reason Nick Swisher signed with the Indians was because of Francona.  “We’ve got the best manager on the planet leading us," Swisher said.
  • Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com argues that the pointed remarks from Don Mattingly are not a sign of an imminent dismissal, but rather honest assessments that the Dodgers should heed.  Heyman contends that while Mattingly does deserves some responsibility for the poor start, it was the right move to criticize the roster construction.
  • Meanwhile, Dave Cameron of Fangraphs thinks that Mattingly is almost certainly on his way out.  The Dodgers may also consider moving Andre Ethier, though his sizable contract could deter teams.

Max Fogle contributed to this post.


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