Joe Maddon, who opted out of his 2015 contract to manage the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, will not be replacing Don Mattingly, according to Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman.
1:37pm: Johnson will be a free agent, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com tweets. Baltimore hopes to sign him to a minor league deal, however, while he continues to rehab his shoulder. 1:12pm: The Orioles have outrighted right-hander Steve Johnson, the club announced. With the move, Baltimore has opened a 40-man roster spot. Johnson, 27, did not see any time at the MLB level this year after receiving brief stints in each of the last two seasons. In total, he owns a 3.67 ERA over 54 big league innings. Johnson struggled mightily this year at Triple-A, allowing 7.11 earned runs per nine over 13 starts (over which he lasted just 38 innings).
Manager Joe Maddon has left the Rays, exercising an opt-out clause in his contract. He was signed to a three-year deal that was to run through next season.
With his former Rays boss Andrew Friedman now the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, Los Angeles would seem to be the perfect landing spot for Joe Maddon.
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The prospects discussed in this week’s Inbox (or any, for that matter), just might be getting your favorite team to the Fall Classic in the near future. We’ll kick things off with an Arizona Fall League question about Mark Appel, then spend some time in Atlanta and Chicago, finishing off with the start of the pipeline: the First-Year Player Draft.
Rays manager Joe Maddon has opted out of his contract with the Rays and will be leaving the team, Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports on Twitter. The move comes as a major surprise, as Maddon had said recently that he expected to remain in Tampa. Maddon represents the second key departure to hit the Rays in recent weeks, as the team lost long-time GM Andrew Friedman to the Dodgers. Indeed, the opt-out clause vested with Friedman’s departure, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweets.
Miguel Cabrera had surgery to remove a bone spur in his right ankle and another to repair a stress fracture in his right foot. He’ll likely be very limited in his workouts this offseason.
The Salt River Rafters collected their fourth straight win Thursday night, defeating Surprise, 5-3, in the fifth game to use the 20-second pitch clock. Marlins right-hander Anthony DeSclafani worked five innings for the win.
Facing three straight games at AT&T Park, the Royals may find the Giants’ home has a familiar feel that bodes well for their chances in San Francisco.