In today’s column, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe looks at the recent phenomenon of teams installing various layers of upper management. Lately, teams have taken to employing a president of baseball operations, a GM, and then one or two assistant GMs underneath that person. In baseball circles, this has become known as “title inflation,” Cafardo writes. One source says that small market teams don’t like this trend, presumably because the larger market teams are able to pluck execs away with fancier titles that really amount to a lateral move.
Here’s more from today’s column..
- One AL exec told Cafardo that he stayed away from Johnny Cueto at the trade deadline because of a possible elbow issue. Many believed that Cueto’s elbow didn’t dampen his trade value this summer since he returned to action for the Reds and continued to pitch well, but we know now that it was a turnoff for at least one club. Since coming over to the Royals, Cueto owns a 4.99 ERA with 6.4 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9 across eleven starts, and one can’t help but wonder if the elbow is a factor. MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes recently dropped Cueto to eighth in his 2016 Free Agent Power Rankings.
- Many believe the biggest factor in the Angels’ GM search will be the ability of each candidate to co-exist with manager Mike Scioscia, Cafardo writes. Scioscia, the longtime Halos skipper, has had a fair amount of say in personnel decisions over the years. Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler has a “good shot” at getting the job, per Cafardo.
- Cafardo wonders aloud if the Red Sox will allow Torey Lovullo to pursue managerial opportunities this winter. Lovullo has managed the Red Sox in Farrell’s absence and now has the managerial experience that teams were previously concerned about.
- Former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire appears ready to get back into managing, Cafardo writes.
- Jason Varitek, currently serving as a special assistant for the Red Sox, has been mentioned as a managerial candidate. However, the former catcher’s top priority right now is his family, so it’s not clear if he’d be ready for that kind of grind and commitment.