November 19, 2012
Monday, November 19
Early last week, the Marlins gutted their roster and shipped roughly $160 million in salaries to the Blue Jays. Over the weekend, they redistributed one percent of those savings to Juan Pierre, who agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.6 million, and is expected to roam left field next season after playing center field in Miami from 2003-2005. Here’s a look at the other stories that surfaced during a quiet weekend on the hot stove:
Manny Acta on Blue Jays’ shortlist with manager choice looming
General manager Alex Anthopoulos likely chose to delay his skipper search when the aforementioned blockbuster with the Marlins came together, knowing that a roster featuring the likes of Jose Reyes and Josh Johnson would be more tempting to prospective candidates. Anthopoulos was previously reported to be seeking someone with a major-league track record, bucking the recent trend of novice hirings, which began with Robin Ventura and Mike Matheny last winter and continued with Redmond and Weiss during the past few weeks.
Former Cleveland manager Manny Acta, who got the axe with six games remaining in the regular season, is among the candidates who have survived a thorough screening process, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. The 43-year-old Acta spent three seasons with the Tribe, after a three-year stint in Washington, and interestingly, his successor with the Nationals, Jim Riggleman, is also said to be in the running. Well, at least Olney hears that Riggleman is in the running; Jon Heyman of CBS Sports isn’t so sure.
Along with Riggleman, Olney also mentioned that former Rockies manager Jim Tracy is on Anthopoulos’ shortlist. Cynical tweeters nationwide are pulling for the 56-year-old Tracy, who has significantly more experience than his known competitors, and was named National League Manager of the Year in 2009. If Olney’s sources are correct, a final decision should come early this week.
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