October 31, 2012
MLB notes: Bochy throws kudos to fans as Giants celebrate World Series win
By QMI Agency
Tens of thousands of fans dressed in orange and black cheered their approval Wednesday as a ticker-tape parade honoured the Giants on the streets of San Francisco.
Players drove by in convertibles on a two-km route that ended at Civic Center Plaza where a rally was held.
"The support (the fans) gave us was unwavering," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Even when we were six to seven games back, they kept filling the park. They never gave up on us. They are like part of the club."
YANKS' SORIANO OPTS OUT
The New York Yankees could be in the market for a new closer after Rafael Soriano announced Wednesday he was opting out of the final season of a three-year contract. He would have made $14 million from the Yankees in 2013 but instead can negotiate with all teams starting Saturday.
Soriano had 42 saves in 46 opportunities this past season after longtime closer Mariano Rivera suffered a season-ending knee injury in May. Rivera said last week he was uncertain whether he would return next season.
The Yankees also announced that third baseman Casey McGehee had opted for free agency.
MARLINS WRONG FOR PRICE
The Miami Marlins have been rejected by a second candidate for manager.
Reds pitching coach Bryan Price has pulled his name from consideration, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Price interviewed with the Marlins last week to replace the fired Ozzie Guillen.
The Marlins also wanted to discuss the job with San Diego Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus, but he refused an interview request.
Mike Redmond, a former Marlins catcher who has managed in the Toronto Blue Jays farm system the past two seasons, remains the frontrunner.
Numerous players on Wednesday had their contract options picked up or declined for 2013 including the following:
--Cleveland right-hander Ubando Jimenez had an AL-worst 17 losses in 2012, but the Indians exercised his contract option for 2013.
The Indians declined to bring back designated hitter Travis Hafner and right-hander Roberto Hernandez, who are now eligible for free agency.
--The Baltimore Orioles will bring back pitcher Luis Ayala, who made 66 relief appearances in 2012, but have declined the 2013 option on slugger Mark Reynolds. Reynolds, who hit .221 with 23 home runs and 69 RBI this year, was due $11 million in 2013.
--Right-hander Joakim Soria became a free agent after the Kansas City Royals declined his $7.5-million option. The reliever, previously a top-ranked closer, missed all of the 2012 season after Tommy John elbow surgery.
--The Toronto Blue Jays exercised left-handed reliever Darren Oliver's $3-million option. They declined outfielder Rajai Davis' $3-million option but then signed him to a one-year, $2.5-million deal.
The Los Angeles Angels traded starting pitcher Ervin Santana, 29, to the Kansas City Royals for minor-league pitcher Brandon Sisk. Santana had a 9-13 record with a 5.16 earned-run average this year. Sisk, a 27-year-old left-hander, had a 2.54 ERA as a reliever with a triple-A Omaha ... The Pittsburgh Pirates named Jay Bell as their hitting coach Wednesday. Rick Sofield will become first-base coach and Dave Jauss a major-league coach. Former first-base coach Luis Silverio moves to senior adviser of Latin American operations.