Rosenthal On Blue Jays, Rangers, Kemp, Francona

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports posted his latest edition of Full Count.  Here's a look at some of the highlights..

  • The Blue Jays constantly get calls on Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista and as always, they're willing to listen on anything.  The shortage of quality hitters out there could lead to better offers than they've gotten in the past, but their stance remains the same: neither one will be moved unless it leads to an improvement of their big league team.
  • Whether the Rangers are postseason-bound or not, their biggest need this winter will be a No. 3 hitter with Nelson Cruz hitting the open market.  The Marlins swear that they're keeping Giancarlo Stanton and Robinson Cano isn't a fit for a team that already has too many middle infielders.  One option could be Matt Kemp, if the Dodgers will part with him.
  • Indians manager Terry Francona has an out clause in his contract that will allow him to go elsewhere if the club fires GM Chris Antonetti, according to sources.  The length of Antonetti's contract isn't clear, but he has at least through 2014 and given their success, they're unlikely to make a GM change or lose Francona anytime soon.
  • A shakeup of the D'Backs coaching staff is imminent, the only question is how expansive it will be.  If Matt Williams bolts for a managerial job elsewhere, he could take a couple of coaches with him as well.

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