Red Sox sent OF Franchy Cordero outright to Triple-A Worcester.
It's a bit of a surprise that Cordero was able to pass through waivers unclaimed, but he'll stick around after all. Per Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com, Cordero signed a new minor league deal with the club rather than refuse the outright assignment and test free agency. The 27-year-old was acquired from the Royals in the Andrew Benintendi trade last offseason and hit just .189/.237/.260 with one home run and nine RBI in 136 plate appearances.
Cardinals designated RHP Justin Miller for assignment.
The move clears a spot for Jordan Hicks' return to the 40-man roster. Miller, 34, had a 4.50 ERA over 18 relief appearances with the Cardinals this season before going down with an elbow strain.
Michael Mayer of Metsmerized reports that Giants general manager Scott Harris has told the Mets he will not leave his current job to join them.
Mayer adds that Rays executive Peter Bendix is also expected to pass on the Mets' job. Dodgers executive Brandon Gomes also recently informed the Mets that he will not be joining their front office. The Mets have come up empty on multiple fronts to this point as they look for someone to run their baseball operations.
Thomas Eshelman has elected free agency.
The Orioles outrighted the right-hander off their 40-man roster and he's decided to look for a gig elsewhere. Eshelman will surely have to settle for a minor league deal.
Pat Valaika has elected free agency.
He refused an outright assignment by the Orioles, deciding to test things out on the open market instead. Valaika is a career .221/.264/.378 hitter over parts of six major league seasons.
Konner Wade has elected free agency.
Wade had been outrighted by the Orioles but has decided not to accept that assignment. He was knocked around in seven relief appearances in 2021.
Austin Wynns has elected free agency.
Wynns will look for a gig elsewhere rather than accept an outright assignment. The glove-first catcher has managed just a .580 OPS over parts of three big league seasons.
Braves manager Brian Snitker said Monday that while he hasn't made a final decision, there's a "good chance" Eddie Rosario will remain in the leadoff spot even with Jorge Soler back in action.
It's especially noteworthy for Game 1, as it would be defensible for Soler to hit leadoff against lefty Framber Valdez while Rosario moves down lower in the order. However, it sounds like Snitker is leaning toward keeping the left-handed hitting Rosario where he is even versus a southpaw with as hot as his bat is.
When asked Sunday what he'll do with his lineup for games in Atlanta when he doesn't have the designated hitter spot available, Astros manager Dusty Baker said “I haven’t made up my mind yet.”
Baker certainly isn't going to bench Yordan Alvarez, which means Alvarez will have to play left field. In the four games Alvarez played left in NL parks this season, the Astros moved Michael Brantley to right field and Kyle Tucker to center. That would seem to be the likeliest route Baker takes again, although there's a chance Tucker will stay in right, Chas McCormick will play center and Brantley will go to the bench. We'll find out Friday when the series moves to Atlanta.
Nick Groke of The Athletic reports that Rockies pitching coach Steve Foster has stepped down from his role in order to spend more time with his family.
The 55-year-old Foster had been the team's pitching coach since 2015. The Rockies are hopeful that Foster will remain in the organization, possibly as director of pitching operations. Bullpen coach Darryl Scott has been elevated to pitching coach.
Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said there were no significant concerns about Rafael Devers' right elbow after he was sent for imaging.
Devers played through elbow inflammation during the postseason, which was apparent at times physically, though it didn't impact his production at the plate. The good news is that surgery won't be required and the Red Sox think the injury will heal with rest. The 25-year-old slugger batted .279/.352/.538 with 38 homers and 113 RBI this past season. He's at the top of the class at the third base position in fantasy leagues along with Jose Ramirez.
The Red Sox will not renew Tom Goodwin's contract as first base coach.
Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said the decision was baseball-related and did not have anything to do with his refusal to be vaccinated. Ramón Vázquez took over as first base coach late in the season due to Goodwin's vaccination stance. Goodwin has been on Boston's coaching staff since 2018.
Bob Klapisch of the Newark Star-Ledger hears from "a family member" that Anthony Rizzo is "eager" to stay with the Yankees.
That's good to hear, but it's all going to come down to money in the end. The Yankees are already expected to pursue one of the top shortstops in free agency this winter and Rizzo isn't going to come cheap. Rizzo, 32, batted .249/.340/.428 with eight homers over 49 games after coming over from the Cubs at the trade deadline. The Yankees still have Luke Voit in the fold if they are unable to retain Rizzo.
Phillies hired Bobby Dickerson as infield coach.
This confirms what was reported last week. Dickerson joins the Phillies after a two-year stint with the Padres where he served as third base coach and then as the team's bench coach. Joe Girardi's staff is getting a makeover this offseason, as Kevin Long recently joined as hitting coach. We'll soon see what moves they might have in mind for the personnel side.
Michael Mayer of Metsmerized reports that Dodgers executive Brandon Gomes is not going to join the Mets' front office.
Gomes has been mentioned as a strong possibility after the initial big-name targets in the Mets' front office search, but Mayer hears that he's set to get a promotion with the Dodgers. Gomes, a former pitcher with the Rays, has served as director of player development and vice president/assistant general manager for the Dodgers in recent years. With the Dodgers eliminated, we should soon hear if executive Josh Byrnes will be a candidate to join the Mets.
According to Katie Woo and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Cardinals plan to announce Oliver Marmol as their next manager.
The 35-year-old is expected to be formally introduced in a press conference at 10 AM on Monday. He will become the youngest manager in Major League Baseball. Marmol is extremely well-respected within the Cardinals organization and served as the club's bench coach under Mike Shildt during the 2021 season. He began his career with the Cardinals as a hitting coach with their Gulf Coast League club in 2011. He was promoted to be their first base coach prior to the 2017 campaign and took over the bench coach job entering the 2019 season.
The Astros confirmed on Sunday that Lance McCullers (forearm) remains unlikely to return for the World Series.
McCullers has yet to resume throwing since being shut down with a right forearm injury. Astros general manager James Click indicated that they'll take it all the way up until the roster deadline on Tuesday at 10 AM before making the final decision, but it looks extremely unlikely. The Astros have already announced that Framber Valdez will start Game 1, while Luis Garcia and Jose Urquidy are expected to follow in Games 2 and 3 respectively.
Astros manager Dusty Baker indicated Sunday that Jake Meyers (shoulder) status for the World Series remains in doubt.
Meyers injured his shoulder when he banged into the center field wall in Chicago during Game 4 of the ALDS. He remained on the team's roster for the ALCS -- despite the fact that he was limited to pinch-running and pinch-hitting duties, but he also suffered a setback during the series. Like the decision with Lance McCullers, expect the team to take up until Tuesday's deadline to make a final decision. Chas McCormick and Jose Siri would continue to man center field if Meyers is unable to go.
Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Padres are expected to hire Ruben Niebla as their next pitching coach.
The Padres are still searching for their next manager, but they have "locked in" on Niebla to lead the pitching staff. The 49-year-old has been with the Indians organization since 2001, spending the past two seasons as their assistant pitching coach. The Padres are also hopeful to retain Ben Fritz -- who had served as the club's interim pitching coach after Larry Rothschild was fired in late August.
Corey Seager told reporters that he would love to return to the Dodgers when he becomes a free agent this offseason.
The 27-year-old will have a long list of potential suitors for his services, but he made it clear that the Dodgers are near the top of his list. When asked about returning to Los Angeles, Seager was quoted as saying, “Absolutely. I grew up here, I've spent a lot of time here, I believe in what these guys do. I believe in how we go about it. Yeah, absolutely.” The only thing for certain is that the superstar shortstop is going to make a lot of money before the 2022 season.
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