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 Posted: Sun Nov 3rd, 2013 11:06 am
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http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/03/tigers-hire-brad-ausmus-to-replace-jim-leyland/

Tigers hire Brad Ausmus to replace Jim Leyland

Drew Silva

Nov 3, 2013, 12:08 AM EST

As first reported by Adam Spolane of SportsRadio 610 in Houston and then later confirmed by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Tigers have selected former major league catcher Brad Ausmus to be their next manager. The deal will be finalized on Sunday.

Ausmus had been serving as a special assistant in the Padres’ front office. He was the manager for Team Israel during 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifying but otherwise carries no managerial experience at any level of MLB-affiliated ball.

Ausmus, 44, was also in the running for the Cubs, Mariners and Nationals — before the Nationals hired Matt Williams.

Jim Leyland stepped down last month after a highly successful eight-year run in Detroit.

The Tigers considered their current hitting coach, Llyod McClendon, Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo, Padres bench coach Rick Renteria and Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach before settling on Ausmus.



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Ausmus was an original Yankee draft pick.



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the yankees resigned jeter for $12 million.  if he plays in the same 17 games this year as last, it is around $750,000 per game.

although, signing jeter is smart based on what it means to fans, ticket sales, etc. 

as much as i cannot stand the yankees, he is a class act.

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I'm glad Leyland is gone. Got tired of seeing his frown all the goddamn time

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Tampa re-upped David Dejesus.



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NEW YORK -- The Yankees have extended qualifying offers to three of their 13 free agents -- second baseman Robinson Cano, outfielder Curtis Granderson and starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.

It is expected that at least two of them, Cano and Kuroda, will reject the $14.1 million one-year offers, but Granderson, who appeared in just 61 games last season after suffering two broken hands, could accept it to play one more year in a ballpark in which he hit 47 of his Major League Baseball-leading 84 home runs in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Extending the qualifying offer assures a team of a compensatory pick in next year's first-year player draft in the event one of its free agents rejects the offer to sign with another team. Players receiving qualifying offers have until Nov. 12 to decide whether to accept them.

Cano, the Yankees' best all-around player and the cream of this winter's free-agent crop, is expected to test the market and has reportedly put out feelers for a 10-year, $300 million contract.

Kuroda, 38, earned $15 million in 2012, when he went 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA, the lowest in the starting rotation.

Granderson, however, may believe his injury-shortened season will adversely affect his value -- he was paid $15 million on a club option last season -- and could decide to return to the Yankees for one more season.

The value of the qualifying offer is based on an average of the 125 most lucrative major league contracts from the previous season as mutually agreed on by the MLB and the players' association. This year's total of $14.1 million is $800,000 higher than last year's.

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lobo316 wrote: NEW YORK -- The Yankees have extended qualifying offers to three of their 13 free agents -- second baseman Robinson Cano, outfielder Curtis Granderson and starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.

It is expected that at least two of them, Cano and Kuroda, will reject the $14.1 million one-year offers, but Granderson, who appeared in just 61 games last season after suffering two broken hands, could accept it to play one more year in a ballpark in which he hit 47 of his Major League Baseball-leading 84 home runs in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Extending the qualifying offer assures a team of a compensatory pick in next year's first-year player draft in the event one of its free agents rejects the offer to sign with another team. Players receiving qualifying offers have until Nov. 12 to decide whether to accept them.

Cano, the Yankees' best all-around player and the cream of this winter's free-agent crop, is expected to test the market and has reportedly put out feelers for a 10-year, $300 million contract.

Kuroda, 38, earned $15 million in 2012, when he went 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA, the lowest in the starting rotation.

Granderson, however, may believe his injury-shortened season will adversely affect his value -- he was paid $15 million on a club option last season -- and could decide to return to the Yankees for one more season.

The value of the qualifying offer is based on an average of the 125 most lucrative major league contracts from the previous season as mutually agreed on by the MLB and the players' association. This year's total of $14.1 million is $800,000 higher than last year's.

I can't even begin to imagine why they would want Granderson back.  It's very clear that this team is flying off the rails and won't be successful again for many years to come.  Hal Steinbrenner and Cashman are just clueless.



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Lloyd McClendon will be the new manager of the Seattle Mariners, a team source with knowledge of the decision told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

McClendon, 54, has been with the Detroit Tigers since 2006, serving as their hitting coach starting in 2007.

He managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001-05 and previously interviewed for the Mariners job in 2010.

The Puget Sound Business Journal earlier reported the news.

McClendon replaces Eric Wedge, who walked away from the team due to a difference of opinion with the Mariners front office. Wedge had a 212-272 record as Mariners manager.

The Mariners went 71-91 last season, finishing fourth in the AL West, and haven't had a winning season since 2009.

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NEW YORK -- Miguel Cabrera has a chance to repeat as AL MVP after being named one of three finalists for the award in voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Detroit's star third baseman is joined by Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis and Angels outfielder Mike Trout, who has been a finalist in each of his first two major league seasons.

Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen and St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina are up for top player in the National League.

Finalists for the BBWAA awards are being announced Tuesday. The winners will be revealed next week live on the MLB Network, beginning Monday with the two rookies of the year and concluding Thursday with the MVPs.

Miami's Jose Fernandez is one of three finalists for the NL's Cy Young Award and is also up for Rookie of the Year. In Cy Young balloting, he is up against 2011 winner Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright.

In the AL Cy Young competition, Detroit's Max Scherzer is pitted against two Japanese pitchers, Texas' Yu Darvish and Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma. The Cy Young winners will be announced Wednesday.

Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller and Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig round out the NL Rookie of the Year candidates. In the AL, Tampa Bay pitcher Chris Archer and outfielder Wil Myers are finalists with Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias.

Oakland's Bob Melvin is trying to become the first repeat winner of the AL Manager of the Year award and a three-time winner overall. Also nominated in the AL are Cleveland's Terry Francona and John Farrell of the World Series champion Red Sox, both in their first season with new ballclubs.

In the NL, Atlanta's Fredi Gonzalez, Pittsburgh's Clint Hurdle and the Dodgers' Don Mattingly will all be vying for their first awards. Managers of the year will be picked on Tuesday.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Outfielder David DeJesus has agreed to a $10.5 million, two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.



The deal announced Wednesday includes a club option for 2016. It replaces the $6.5 million salary DeJesus was owed under the 2014 option exercised by the team Sunday.

DeJesus, a .279 career hitter, was acquired from Washington in a trade on Aug. 23 and started 26 games for the Rays, helping Tampa Bay earn its fourth playoff berth in six seasons.

He batted .251 with eight homers and 38 RBIs in 122 games with the Rays, Nationals and Chicago Cubs last season. DeJesus turns 34 next month.

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Cubs to name Rick Renteria manager Thursday

Matthew Pouliot

Nov 6, 2013, 6:53 PM EST

After seven years managing in the minors and six more coaching in the majors, Rick Renteria has hit the big time. The Cubs will name him their new manager on Thursday, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman and others are reporting.

Renteria played parts of five seasons in the majors as a light-hitting infielder from 1986-1994. His only season with more than 100 plate appearances was 1993, when he played in 103 games for the expansion Marlins franchise and hit .255/.314/.326 in 263 at-bats. He started out managing in the Marlins system in 1998 and he joined the Padres organization in 2003, working his way up from A-ball hitting coach to Triple-A manager to major league bench coach.

Renteria, who was with the Padres as a bench coach when current Cubs GM Jed Hoyer worked in San Diego, recently got Jake Peavy‘s endorsement for the job.

“He’ll make an outstanding manager if the Cubs do go that way,” Peavy told CSNChicago.com’s Dan Hayes. “He brings a lot of intangibles. He knows the game, is gonna work hard, gonna get after it. He just holds guys accountable, but at the same time has a great relationship with the players. He gets the best out of guys and I’m pulling for him to get that job.”



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NEW YORK -- World Series MVP David Ortiz has won his sixth Silver Slugger award as the top designated hitter in voting by major league managers and coaches.

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera and Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer each were selected for the fifth time.

Silver Slugger awards are given to the top offensive player at each position in the American and National Leagues. They were handed out Wednesday night on the MLB Network.

Nine of the 18 recipients were first-time winners with major league home run and RBI leader Chris Davis of Baltimore taking home a bat-shaped trophy as the best AL first baseman.

The Orioles led all teams with three winners: Outfielder Adam Jones and shortstop J.J. Hardy joined Davis in being picked for the first time.

Pittsburgh, Detroit and St. Louis each had two winners.

First-time selectee Pedro Alvarez (third base) was joined by Pirates teammate Andrew McCutchen. The star outfielder won his second prize.

St. Louis' Yadier Molina (catcher) and Matt Carpenter (second base) received their first Silver Sluggers.

The Tigers' Torii Hunter (outfield) got his second.

Washington's Ian Desmond (shortstop), Cincinnati's Jay Bruce (outfield) and the Angels' Mike Trout (outfield) each earned their second straight Silver Slugger.

Other first-time winners were: Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt (first base), Colorado's Michael Cuddyer (outfield) and the Dodgers' Zack Greinke (pitcher).

Several players earned bonuses or salary escalators for winning the award:

Cabrera, Hunter and Ortiz each get $100,000 bonuses, while Hardy receives $75,000, and Bruce, Cuddyer, Davis and Molina earn $50,000 apiece. Jones' base salary next year escalates by $200,000 to $10.2 million and Cuddyer's rises by $500,000 to $11.5 million.

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Martin Perez on a four-year contract through 2017.
Perez is guaranteed $12.5 million. The deal also includes club options for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Perez, who turns 23 just as next season begins, established himself as a full-fledged member of the Rangers' rotation this past season. He started 20 games and was 10-6 with a 3.62 ERA, striking out 84 and walking 37 while becoming a key cog down the stretch.

After ending the regular season tied for a playoff spot, the Rangers turned to Perez in Game 163 against the Tampa Bay Rays.  He took the loss in that contest, allowing three runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Perez,  long considered the club's top pitching prospect, posted a 5.45 ERA over 12 games in 2012 before finally living up to expectations last season.

The signing means the Rangers have four of their five projected 2014 starters signed to long-term deals.

Yu Darvish is inked through the 2017 season and Derek Holland's contract includes club options that could keep him a Ranger until the end of the 2018 season. Matt Harrison, who was injured most of last year after winning 18 games in 2012, is under contract through 2017 with a club option for 2018. And now Perez could be a Ranger until he's 29 years old.

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Talking of Matt Carpenter, here's an interesting article about why he should have at least been in the running for MVP:

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/st-louis-cardinals-matt-carpenter-named-finalist-nl-155900119--mlb.html

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Free-agent catcher Brayan Pena and the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a two-year contract, the team announced Friday.

The agreement will not be complete until Pena passes a physical, scheduled for Tuesday in Cincinnati. The financial details of the contract were not revealed, but the source said Pena will earn a minimum of $1.25 million in 2014.

Pena, 31, hit .297 with four homers and 22 RBIs in 71 games as a backup catcher for the Detroit Tigers in 2013, after eight seasons in a similar role with the Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals.

Pena, who also played occasionally at first and third base in the majors, has a .258 career average with 18 homers and 120 RBIs in parts of nine seasons.

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