Bill Bavasi Rumors

Quick Hits: Twins, Albers, Bavasi, Scherzer

The Twins will hire Neil Allen as their pitching coach, write LaVelle E. Neal III and Phil Miller of the Star Tribune. However, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports (via Twitter) that Allen has been told “absolutely nothing.” Allen has coached in the Rays organization since 2007, including the last four years as the Triple-A pitching coach. He has no major league experience. The other finalist, former Indians and Mariners pitching coach Carl Willis, was informed on Friday that he had not been selected, per Berardino (tweet).

  • Former Twins starter Andrew Albers would consider a return to Minnesota if he doesn’t remain in the Korea Baseball Organization, writes Berardino. Albers spent 2014 with the Hanwha Eagles. He pitched to a 5.89 ERA in 151 and one-third innings. While the ERA was unsightly, the KBO is an offensively oriented league. Per KBO rules, Albers is not yet eligible to speak with major league clubs.
  • Former GM Bill Bavasi has been named the head of the Major League Scouting Bureau, tweets John Manuel of Baseball America. Bavasi, who comes from a storied baseball family, was the GM for the Angels and Mariners for a combined 11 years. His father Buzzie and brother Peter each also served as GM for two franchises (Buzzie oversaw the Dodgers move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles).
  • The Nationals could emerge as a destination for Max Scherzer, writes James Wagner of the Washington Post. With Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister just one year away from free agency, the Nationals are considering their options moving forward. That includes a trade involving either pitcher. If an in-house candidate is dealt, Scherzer could be looked at as an alternative and long term solution. However, Wagner notes that the rotation is deep. GM Mike Rizzo adds that it’s “not on the top of our wish list.”

GM Trade Histories: AL West

Brendan Bianowicz has one more big update to our GM Trade History Series.  Check out the AL West spreadsheets below for GM information on trades, free agent signings, and more.

Odds and Ends: Mariners, Jeter, Penny

Links for Wednesday…

Reds Hire Bill Bavasi

The Reds just put out a press release to announce the hiring of former Angels and Mariners GM Bill Bavasi.  Bavasi will serve as a special assistant to Walt Jocketty.

The Mariners fired Bavasi on June 17th.  He had a track record of questionable personnel moves for the Ms.

Odds and Ends: Fujikawa, Inge, Haren, Jacque

Today’s collection of links…

Bill Bavasi Fired

4:30pm: Darrin Beene chronicled all of Bavasi’s transactions – check it out here.

2:10pm: The Mariners fired Bill Bavasi today.  According to the press release, "Vice President/Associate General Manager Lee Pelekoudas will take over as the interim General Manager."  Pelekoudas will be a candidate in the team’s permanent GM search.

I’m not going to list off Bavasi’s mistakes here; we all know he did a poor job.  Looking forward, you have to wonder if Pelekoudas will be more willing to trade Erik Bedard than Bavasi would’ve been.  He could also move quickly to release Richie SexsonGeoff Baker believes a housecleaning is much more likely now.

Bill Bavasi’s Job Secure

Yesterday, Mariners president Chuck Armstrong said the team had no discussions about bringing in a new GM or manager.  For now, Bill Bavasi and John McLaren’s jobs are secure despite the team owning the worst record in baseball.  John Hickey says Bavasi will explore the trade market but doesn’t expect much.  Reds beat writer Hal McCoy again made the point yesterday that Ken Griffey Jr. won’t be dealt.

A summary of Bavasi’s offseason moves:

  • Selected R.A. Dickey in the Rule 5 draft.
  • Sent Ben Broussard to Texas for Tug Hulett.
  • Signed Carlos Silva to a four-year deal.
  • Signed Miguel Cairo, Chris Reitsma, Arthur Rhodes, Horacio Ramirez, Greg Norton, and Brad Wilkerson.
  • Traded Adam Jones, George Sherrill, Chris Tillman, Kam Mickolio, and Tony Butler for Erik Bedard.

The much-criticized Silva signing looked fine in April, terrible in May.  Bedard’s injury and ineffectiveness couldn’t have been predicted.  Jarrod Washburn and Miguel Batista weren’t supposed to be this bad.  Aside from a slow start by Kenji Johjima, the hitters have played to expectations.

The player most likely to be traded a month or two from now is Raul Ibanez.  He’s earning $5.5MM this year, his last before free agency.