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Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Nationals Reportedly Made Recent Extension Offer To Anthony Rendon

The Nationals have made a late-season push to retain pending free agent star Anthony Rendon, according to Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post.

Per the report, the club dangled a seven-year offer in the range of $210MM to $215MM. While there were deferrals in the proposal, it would’ve functioned more like the Max Scherzer contract than the long-fuse offer the team made last year to Bryce Harper.

The offer was put on the table in early September, according to Svrluga, and it doesn’t seem as if it’s likely to be accepted. Rendon is now just weeks away from the open market and appears destined to reach it. He’ll do so armed with the knowledge that the Nats have intense interest in keeping him.

It’s not entirely clear whether the D.C. organization will keep this particular offer on the table once the offseason begins. Neither is it known whether the team is willing to go any higher if that’s needed. Regardless, it’s a nice starting point for Rendon, who has ramped up his already excellent play to higher-than-ever levels in 2019. He’s slated to reach free agency as the top available position player.

And the hot-stove season begins, even before the playoffs do….

 

QLE Posted: October 01, 2019 at 12:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rendon, extensions, hot stove, nationals

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Report: Don Mattingly took a pay cut to stay with the Marlins

It was mildly surprising that the Miami Marlins gave Don Mattingly a contract extension. That’s not a negative comment on Mattingly. He’s a fine manager, he has had nothing to work with talent-wise and, all things considered, he has kept the Marlins on an even keel when, thanks to all of the losing, a team in their position might otherwise have a cancerous clubhouse.

No, it was surprising because Mattingly was hired while the team was under previous ownership and had a completely different crew in the front office. Teams often like to have their own man in the dugout at some point and, give that his contract was expiring, it seemed like the Marlins would want to go in a different direction. But nope, he got two more years.

Ken Rosenthal reported yesterday that part of the decision to keep Mattingly on may have been that he was willing to take a pay cut:

“Don Mattingly’s $2.8 million salary this season was believed to be the sixth-highest among major-league managers. Not only was the number too high for the cost-conscious Marlins, but it also was out of line with an industry trend in which teams continue to reduce managers’ pay.

To keep his job and get an extension, Mattingly needed to accept a significant pay cut. And in his new two-year deal, announced by the Marlins on Friday, that is exactly what he did, according to major-league sources.”

As before, my apologies for not using the source that was behind the paywall.

Well, we knew there was a catch somewhere….

 

QLE Posted: September 24, 2019 at 01:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: don mattingly, extensions, marlins, payroll

Friday, September 20, 2019

Miami Marlins agree to contract extension with manager Don Mattingly

The Miami Herald has confirmed that the Miami Marlins have agreed to a contract extension with manager Don Mattingly.

The terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.

The news, which was first reported by Extrabase’s Daniel Alvarez, is expected to be made official at a pregame news conference Friday before the first game Marlins’ final home series of the season against the Washington Nationals.

Mattingly, the longest tenured manager in Marlins history, is 272-364 with 10 games remaining in his fourth year with the franchise.

What, they aren’t going to trade him for some prospects that will never have any value so that Jeter can buy another boat?

 


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Reports: Diamondbacks agree to extension with GM Mike Hazen

The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a contract extension with general manager Mike Hazen, according to multiple reports.

MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reports the extension had been discussed for the past 10 days. The length of the extension has not been reported.

The timing of the extension is notable given the potential threat of Hazen being swooped away by his former employer, the Boston Red Sox.

The D-backs’ GM for the past three seasons, Hazen had previously spent time in the Red Sox organization, who fired their president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski on Monday. While no interest or meetings had been reported, Hazen was naturally being linked to the position.

Mind you, given recent practices in Boston, I’d rather stick around Arizona too…..

 

QLE Posted: September 14, 2019 at 12:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, extensions, general managers, mike hazen

 

 

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