MLB Odds News and Rumors for the Week
The Toronto Blue Jays have punched their playoff ticket for the joy of their loyal MLB odds fans, which means that the Seattle Mariners will now have the longest playoff drought in MLB, as they have not appeared in the postseason since 2001. Now that the Mariners have hired Jerry Dipoto, they hope to change all of that. His first major choice will be what to do with manager Lloyd McClendon, who sat down with Dipoto for about two hours on Monday morning to talk about the direction of the organization.
Taking a Look at the MLB Odds News and Rumors for the Week
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Team president Kevin Mather has said that he supports McClendon but will support Dipoto’s decision either away, according to MLB.com’s Greg Johns. When Dipoto was the GM of the Los Angeles Angels, he and manager Mike Scioscia clashed a number of times, so it will be important for Dipoto to have a good relationship with his skipper. The Mariners (currently 74-83) did underachieve this season, what with Felix Hernandez in the rotation and expensive contracts also in place for second baseman Robinson Cano and designated hitter Nelson Cruz, so it might just be too awkward to keep McClendon.
According to Peter Gammons, Tim Bogar, who was the Texas Rangers’ interim manager last season after the surprise exit of Ron Washington, and who worked in the front office for the Angels this year, is the most likely replacement for McClendon.
Jonathan Papelbon will likely be in a new uniform next year after his scuffle in the dugout with Bryce Harper. The reliever is effectively suspended for the rest of the team, and the Nationals’ team store does not feature his jerseys anymore. GM Mike Rizzo will only say that Papelbon is “under contract,” but the fact that he won’t be in the dugout the rest of the year speaks volumes.
Even if the Nationals remain stuck with Papelbon’s $11 million deal, they could see a full third of their roster leave, as well as manager Matt Williams, according to the Washington Post’s Thomas Boswell. Doug Fister, Denard Span, Ian Desmond and Jordan Zimmermann are all free agents, and Danny Espinosa, their shortstop, could yield them some value.
It looked like the Baltimore Orioles were going to tender Matt Wieters a qualifying offer, but Steve Melewski with MASNSports.com reports that this is less and less likely. The Orioles seem to be all right with platooning Steve Clevenger and Caleb Joseph at catcher, which would cost them much less than a $15 million qualifying offer to Wieters, who hit .256 this year but struggled with injuries.
The Boston Red Sox gave Hanley Ramirez permission to go home early to Ft. Lauderdale and start his offseason rehabilitation, but ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes wonders if he will return. Other Boston players who are injured, such as Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara, have stayed with the team as the season plays out. Edes writes, “Ramirez thinks he has nothing left to give, and there’s nothing the Sox want from him. Best, then, to go home. And plan on a change of address in 2016.” Ramirez’ deal pays him $22.75 million per season over the next three years, and there is a vesting option for 2019.