November 1, 2012
MLB notes: David Ortiz to hit the market?
By QMI Agency
Contract talks have stalled with the Boston Red Sox, so designated hitter David Ortiz is expected to hit the open market.
A source told WEEI.com it was “likely” Ortiz and the Red Sox would not reach a deal by Saturday, at which point Ortiz would be free to negotiate with any team.
The Red Sox and the 36-year-old slugger were close to a two-year deal worth more than $25 million, multiple reports said last week.
GOOD LUCK, REDMOND
Mike Redmond received best wishes Thursday from the man he is replacing as manager of the Miami Marlins.
Redmond, 41, signed a three-year deal to take over for Ozzie Guillen, who was fired Oct. 23 after only one season at the helm.
Guillen promptly sent out a tweet, saying: “Congrats Mike Redmond for (your) new job. Good luck, buddy, you have great guys going to play for you.”
Redmond, a former major league catcher, spent the past two seasons managing in the Toronto Blue Jays farm system.
He was manager of the year in the Midwest League in 2011, leading single-A Lansing to a 77-60 record. In 2012, he moved to single-A Dunedin, posting a 78-55 record.
Redmond played 13 seasons in the majors, mainly as a backup, hitting .287 with 13 home runs and 243 RBI in 764 games with the Marlins, Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians.
ZIMMER STILL GOING STRONG
The Tampa Bay Rays have re-signed Don Zimmer as senior baseball adviser.
“I couldn’t be happier,” said Zimmer, 81, who will enter his 65th season in pro baseball and his 10th with the Rays.
Zimmer serves as a coach and adviser at training camp and for pre-game practices at all home games. He has been a coach or manager continuously since 1971 after a 12-year playing career.
Zimmer joined the Rays in 2004 after 10 years with the New York Yankees. In all, Zimmer has worn a uniform for 13 different major league teams — 14 if you count the two Dodgers teams separately.
As a player he was with the Brooklyn Dodgers, L.A. Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds and Washington Senators. He managed the San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and Cubs, with whom he was the NL manager of the year in 1989. As a coach, he has been with the Montreal Expos, Padres, Red Sox, New York Yankees, Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies and Tampa Bay.
He also managed minor-league teams in five different cities.
Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche and left-hander Sean Burnett declined their options to become free agents, general manager Mike Rizzo said Thursday. LaRoche and Burnett are seeking multiyear deals. LaRoche hit .271 with 33 home runs and 100 RBI this season. Burnett had a 1-2 record and a 2.38 ERA in 70 games.