The White Sox enter the 2017 offseason in an interesting stage of their rebuild. Could this team actually contend next season? It’s a possibility, albeit a bit remote. But that outside chance won’t influence general manager Rick Hahn’s decisions in an area such as free agency to deviate even slightly from the rebuilding plan.
This could be the most eventful and busy offseason Royals general manager Dayton Moore has had since taking the job in 2006.
As the Indians lineup heads into a decisive Game 5 against CC Sabathia and the Yankees, they’re going to need someone to step up and do some damage, and no one’s better positioned to do so than Carlos Santana.
The grip reveals this is not a traditional curveball. Corey Kluber calls it a curveball. Without hesitation, Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway says it is a slider. Different pitch classification systems have filtered the results in both categories.
Indians manager Terry Francona is not big on speeches. Over the years, he has learned that rounding up players, getting worked up and delivering a message driven by emotion tends to only make the manager feel better in the end. Francona now tries to pick his spots for such moments.
By the time the Twins wrapped up their surprising 2017 campaign that saw them reach the postseason for the first time since 2010 with their run to the American League Wild Card Game, chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine had already made up their minds.
The Twins made a slew of organizational changes on Tuesday, including the dismissal of pitching coach Neil Allen and the hiring of Jeremy Zoll as the director of Minor League operations, replacing Brad Steil, who will transition into his new role as director of professional scouting.
By virtue of having such a young team, the Twins don’t have any major impending free agents, and they have a solid core already in place that can be supplemented this offseason, especially on the pitching side.
For most of the Tigers prospects currently participating in instructional league play, action runs through Saturday in Lakeland. A trio of pitchers, however, used their time as a springboard to more fall baseball.
It’s not going to be a pretty 2018 season for the Tigers. General manager Al Avila has already made that clear.
Terry Francona and Trevor Bauer address the media after the Indians’ 1-0 loss to the Yankees on Sunday in Game 3 of the AL Division Series.