Joey Cora has garnered some interest from the Milwaukee Brewers to be their manager. He is currently a coach on the White Sox. However, Bob Melvin is the favorite to manage the Brew Crew. I would hire Bob Melvin. The Jays and Cubs also interviewed Melvin. Bobby Valentine had an outstanding interview with the Seattle Mariners for their manager position, but he is not the leader in the race.
Possibilities could be that Valentine wants more money than Seattle wants to pay, or he isn’t enthusiastic about managing a team that lost over 100 games. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik will probably not work well with Bobby Valentine either. Cecil Cooper and Eric Wedge are two other notable candidates for the job. Valentine is a great candidate, but Cecil Cooper fits what the Mariners need more.
Heath Bell was the Delivery Man of the Year for 2010, which was not surprising. He was the best closer in the NL and led the best bullpen in the NL. Bell would like to be rewarded with a 3 year extension. He is being fair and admits that at 33 he is an older player. Bell had an amazing 47 saves with an even more incredible 1.93 ERA. This is a guy the Padres will surely need to keep.
Carl Crawford wants to come back with the Rays, but that is pretty much out of the question. Tampa has a payroll of 73 million that they want to shrink. Crawford is the team’s second highest paid player making exactly 10 million per year. That number will grow, and the Rays just can’t spend that much. Crawford is recognized as the best offensive free agent on the market.
Jair Jurrjens is next in line of quality starting pitchers that the Braves are trading. Actually, Jurrjens is slipping off of the label quality. I would still want him, but he was absolutely awful last year. Here’s to hoping that he can bounce back. I think he will because he was severely injured last year. However, staying healthy is one of the main priorities for a starting pitcher.
Here is some more Bobby Valentine news. Valentine took his name off of the Marlins list to be their manager. Right now, it seems like he will be with the Jays or Mariners. Toronto is the most likely landing location of the two. Update: Eric Wedge- as expected- was hired by the Mariners. Valentine’s number one on the list is now the Jays. The Nationals still like the prospect of a Chien-Ming Wang comeback. They want to give him a new deal that is 1.6 million or under for a year before arbitration comes up.
The former 19 game winner made two million last year with Washington. He suffered a terrible injury in the midst of the 2008 MLB season and has never recovered his mechanics since. Wang has continuously suffered injuries. Last year, he was injured for the entire season due to a shoulder injury. I am hoping the former Yankee makes an incredible comeback. Magglio Ordonez is a fan favorite in Detriot, and he knows it. Maggs wants to stick around with los Tigres for another year. Let’s see if the Tigers re-sign him.