Joe Maddon and Dave Martinez

It is starting to look more and more like Dave Martinez will miss out on another off-season of managerial openings and will be back with the Rays next year.

The Diamondbacks have hired Chip Hale to be their next manager. Meanwhile, the Astros, the team that seemed like the perfect fit for Martinez, have hired AJ Hinch.

Unless I am forgetting one, the only team currently without a manager is the Minnesota Twins. Of course, teams are often quiet about managerial changes during the playoffs, so there is a possibility that another job or two will come open following the World Series (e.g. Dodgers). But as of now, things don’t look good for Martinez.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria will play for an MLB All-Star team that will tour Japan this winter.
  • That Wil Myers-James Shields trade was a huge risk for the Royals. It seems to be working out pretty well for them. [BI Sports]
  • Marc Topkin writes about Andrew Friedman: “He does not, as some write, have an ownership stake.” This seems to contradict what Scott Miller of CBS Sports reported as fact in 2011 (“Friedman has a sweet deal with Rays including stake in club”) and has been assumed by many, including this site. Of course, this could just be semantics. It is quite possible to have a financial interest in a team and not be considered an “owner.” It could be something as simple as a promise of a small percentage of the sale when the team is sold down the road. [TampaBay.com]
  • Behind ESPN’s Insider paywall is a story by Buster Olney wondering if Andrew Friedman could thrive as a GM of the Dodgers. [ESPN]
  • Four different area teams want new stadiums. [Shadow of the Stadium]
  • Former owner Vince Naimoli has downgraded his mansion in Avila. The problem is he hasn’t been able to sell his old one, so now it is going to auction. Originally put on the market for $14 million, it is now valued at $3.6 million. [TampaBay.com]
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