Tag:Blue Jays
Posted on: October 13, 2010 9:59 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:33 am
 

Jays interested in Bobby V.

Bobby Valentine Another day, another Bobby Valentine interview.

The Toronto Sun reports Valentine interviewed for the Blue Jays' managerial position. Valentine has also interviewed with the Mariners and Marlins.

In other managerial interview news, the Pirates interviewed Jeff Banister and Ken Macha on Tuesday for their open managerial position.

Banister has worked in the Pirates organization for the past 25 years.

Macha, a Pittsburgh-area native, managed the Brewers the last two seasons and also managed the A's.

The team has already interviewed Eric Wedge, Bo Porter and John Gibbons. The Sun also says the Pirates have interviewed Valentine, however the team has officially released the names of the prospective managers after they interview with the Pirates' brass and Valentine has not been among those. Wedge has interviewed for both jobs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 11:36 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:33 am
 

Farrell a candidate in Toronto

John Farrell Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell "has surfaced as a possible managerial candidate for the Blue Jays," Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reports .

However, Elliott writes he doesn't know if Farrell has been interviewed.

Farrell, 48, has served as Terry Francona's pitching coach since 2006.

The Jays could interview as many as 15 candidates, it has been reported.

Former big-league managers Don Baylor, Eric Wedge and Bob Melvin have been interviewed.

Elliott's had fun throwing out names for the Blue Jays' job the last couple of days, throwing out Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin's name on Monday. I talked to Mackanin on Sunday and he said he hasn't gotten any calls from teams yet, and hasn't heard about any team hoping to interview him. Mackanin, a former interim manager in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, would be a good choice for any team, but would certainly fit in Toronto. A former Expos infielder, Mackanin's wife is Canadian.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 8:13 pm
 

Mackanin interested in piloting Jays

The Phillies' bench coach hasn't been approached about managing the Blue Jays, but it's an endeavor that interests the 51-year-old.

Pete Mackanin, who interviewed for the Astros' opening before it went to Brad Mills last season, has been a name cropping up in circles lately for possible interviews. Mackanin has two separate stints as big-league manager, helming the Pirates in 2005 and Reds in 2007, both as interim managers.

"Toronto has a lot of good players," Mackanin told the Toronto Sun . "We don’t see them a lot, being in the other league. Everyone knows about their power potential. I really liked what I saw of Ricky Romero and Shaun Marcum."

Don't read too much into this as there has been nothing linking the bench coach to the Blue Jays job (yet). In fact, by his own admission, the Jays haven't contacted him about speaking with him, although that may be due to Philadelphia remaining in the playoffs. Mackanin was likely simply asked if he would be interested.

With many teams hoping to find new managers as soon as possible, the ex-second baseman may be harmed by a deep postseason run in Philadelphia restricting his ability to interview for jobs. One solution may be for Mackanin to fly out and interview on days off. The Phillies currently are set to enjoy five days off as they kick off the NLCS on Saturday against the winner of the Braves/Giants series.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 7, 2010 12:14 pm
 

Anyone could have had Halladay

Roy Halladay
You'd be hard-pressed to find a general manager in baseball who wouldn't trade his entire farm system for Roy Halladay today. But a year and a half ago, he was there for the taking and nobody stepped up.

The Blue Jays dangled Halladay, who had a year and a half left on his contract, at the 2009 trade deadline. Toronto's then-general manager, J.P. Ricciardi, said he didn't get offers that were commensurate with Halladay's value. The Jays ended up keeping him before sending him to Philadelphia in a December trade that netted the Jays Travis D'Arnaud, Kyle Drabek and Michael Taylor (and, perhaps most important, salary relief).

"To be honest, I really was surprised," at the offers he got in 2009, Ricciardi told WEEI.com. "I think a lot of it was that maybe we appreciated him a lot more because we saw him do this. Maybe pitching in Canada, he didn’t get as much attention. I’m really happy that people across the country are getting a chance to see what he’s all about.

"We kept sitting there saying, 'This is Roy Freaking Halladay! Do people know?' Not only will you have him for this year, but you’ll have him for next year. And whomever trades for him, he’s probably going to go to a place he’s going to want to stay. There’s no way we’re going to settle for one prospect, or 1 1/2 prospects. We’ve got to get a bunch of prospects because we’re dealing someone really, really special here."

The Red Sox came closest, offering a five-player package, but Ricciardi didn't think the included prospects were good enough.

"Doc has been doing it for a long time," Ricciardi said. "We kept sitting there saying, ‘For us to move this guy we have to get something back that is really going to be worth it.’ And we still wouldn’t get back what [we would be] giving up.”

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 5, 2010 10:46 pm
 

Blue Jays unlikely to bring back Encarnacion

Edwin Encarnacion Edwin Encarnacion fans are going to have to retire their Blue Jays jerseys as it's extremely unlikely the third baseman returns to Toronto.

"He’s coming off nearly a $5 million salary," GM Alex Anthopoulos noted to the Toronto Sun about bringing him back. "In salary arbitration you rarely get cut, more often you get a raise, especially when you hit 21 home runs. He has made strides defensively, but he’s never going to be a Gold Glover."

The Jays acquired Encarnacion along with two minor-league pitchers for Scott Rolen midway through 2009 and it was thought the Jays might move EdE to the outfield, an overdue move. Instead, he remained at third, where -- to his credit -- he did make strides on defense. However, coupled with an underwhelming .244/.305/.482.

There's no question Encarnacion has power, but when one doesn't have much else, that power becomes an afterthought -- and overpriced at a 2010 salary of $4.75 million. Encarnacion would absolutely see a raise in arbitration, and Anthopoulous isn't sure if the cost equals the talent.

“Being candid about it, it’s a matter of value," he noted. "Going through the arbitration process and what it would cost.”

Encarnacion should have plenty of interest on the market from teams that may want to make him a DH, shift him to first or left field or even see if his advancement in the field is for real.

Meanwhile, Toronto has options when it comes to who mans the hot corner. Second baseman Aaron Hill has told Anthopoulous he is willing to move to third, while home-run king Jose Bautista split 2010 between third and right field.

“Aaron has the ability to play all over the diamond. Jose Bautista is the same way,” Anthopoulos added. “It’s nice to have that flexibility."
-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 4, 2010 11:19 am
Edited on: October 4, 2010 12:05 pm
 

Manager watch 2010

So, what's up with the manager shuffle?

Here's the latest, that will likely be updated throughout the day:

Gone
Ken Macha, Brewers
John Russell, Pirates
Jerry Manuel, Mets

Dead men walking
Jerry Manuel, Mets
John Russell, Pirates

Interim guys with their fingers crossed (in order of those likely to get the job)
Mike Quade, Cubs
Edwin Rodriguez, Marlins
Daren Brown, Mariners

Retiring
Cito Gaston, Blue Jays
Bobby Cox, Braves
Joe Torre, Dodgers

Up in the air
Tony La Russa, Cardinals
Ozzie Guillen, White Sox -- isn't Guillen one step from doing something crazy?
Joe Girardi, Yankees -- listen, I don't think he's going anywhere, but until the Cubs decide their future, his name's going to be thrown out there. And the Cubs should make a run at him, just to make sure.

Likely back
Kirk Gibson, Diamondbacks

Already on the hot seat for 2011
Jim Tracey, Rockies
Jim Leyland, Tigers
Bob Geren, A's
Jim Riggleman, Nationals
Ned Yost, Royals

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 30, 2010 2:02 pm
 

Blue Jays to interview Don Baylor

Former Rockies and Cubs manager Don Baylor will be interviewed for the Blue Jays' opening, reports Jon Heyman of SportsIllustrated.com .

Retiring manager Cito Gaston is pushing hard for Baylor, currently the Rockies' hitting coach. Baylor skippered Colorado from 1993-98 and took over the Cubs from 2000-02, but didn't experience much success in his nine years, having yet to make the postseason.

Baylor's career record is 627-689, with Colorado's 77-67 record in the shortened 1995 season his best success, finishing second. Looking at winning percentage as his best success, the Cubs' 2001 season qualifies with an 88-74 mark.

The Jays plan to interview up to 15 candidates, with Jays third-base coach Brian Butterfield being considered along with the Yankees' third-base coach in Rob Thompson. Eric Wedge and Bob Melvin, two other ex-managers, have also been interviewed for the opening.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 30, 2010 2:17 am
Edited on: September 30, 2010 12:00 pm
 

Jays honor Gaston with facial hair, win

Travis Snider Travis Snider's fake mustache was both ridiculous and awesome.

Using eye-black to imitate Cito Gaston's mustache, Snider led off the game with a homer and added an RBI single an inning later to send the retiring manager out with an 8-4 victory over the Yankees in his last home game. Snider's leadoff homer was the team's 245th of the season, breaking the team record.

"It's a great way to honor him and I'm proud to be able to say I played for him," Snider told the Toronto Star . "I couldn't think of a better night [for the record] to happen, to honor him and what he's helped us with."

Gaston was honored before the game. Gaston started his second stint as the team's manager in 2008, 11 years after his 10-year run with the team that included two World Series titles and four division crowns.

"You could just feel the electricity," said catcher John Buck. "That's how much Cito has meant to this organization, this team and all the players he has either managed, coached or played with."
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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