Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:33 am
By Matt Snyder
New Cubs manager Dale Sveum has rounded out his coaching staff, the Cubs announced Friday via press release.
The biggest hiring of note is a first-base coach, as Dave McKay will take over. That is noteworthy because he has held the same position with the rival Cardinals for the past 16 seasons. He was also with Tony La Russa in Oakland for 10 years before that, so it's going to be quite the change for McKay.
Chris Bosio has been named the pitching coach. He previously served as the pitching coach for the Rays in 2003 -- he left the post for family reasons -- and the Brewers for the last several weeks of the 2009 season. He's also had great success in the minors as a pitching coach. During the Winter Meetings, Sveum spoke very highly of Bosio's tough-love approach with his pitching staff.
Also, Pat Listach has been moved from bench coach to third-base coach. Jamie Quirk will be the bench coach. Rudy Jaramillo (hitting coach) and Lester Strode (bullpen coach) will remain with the Cubs in their same positions.
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Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:40 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
We're getting closer to the winter meetings in Dallas, so talks and rumors will just intensify over the weekend. Expect some deals to get done by this time next week, and by that I mean something bigger than Chris Capuano signing with the Dodgers.
New Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine will be in the Dominican Republic this weekend to meet with David Ortiz, who said he hasn't decided whether he'd accept arbitration from the Red Sox. Ortiz said there have been several teams reach out to him, but wouldn't name those teams. (Boston Herald)
While a lot of the attention around the Astros general manager job has been about who isn't interviewing, but Colorado's Bill Geivett and St. Louis' Jeff Luhnow have interviewed with the Astros. (MLB.com)
Dave Magadan will return as the Red Sox hitting coach under Valentine.
The Marlins have a team policy that they won't include no-trade clauses in their contracts and it was reported that the policy could hurt the team in its pursuit of some of the biggest free agents. However, president Larry Beinfest said the policy has never hurt them before. (Palm Beach Post)
Japanese shortstop Munenori Kawasaki said in a press conference that he was becoming a free agent and was interested in playing in the United States, but only for the Mariners. Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik said he was aware of Kawasaki's statement and would consider signing the former Softbank Hawk. Kawasaki said he'd be willing to accept a minor-league deal. (Seattle Times)
The Royals announced TV analyst Frank White wouldn't return in 2011. While that's not a big deal on the national scale, White is one of the franchise's best players. A Kansas City native, White is one of just two players to have their number retired by the team. White had served as an analyst the last three years and had resigned as a full-time employee of the Royals in January to concentrate on his TV duties. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! tweeted that White was fired because the team thought he was too critical, which is a shame. White is one of the all-time great Royals and deserved better.@eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
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