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The job of major league manager is famous for its instability, but Mike Scioscia has lasted into his 16th year with the Los Angeles Angels. Could the big league’s longest tenured skipper land elsewhere after this season?
Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com explores that possibility, noting that Scioscia signed a 10-year extension that runs through 2018 in January 2009, but that contract gives him the ability to opt out after this season.
Scioscia would leave $18 million on the table if he were to opt out, and he appears to enjoy his job as Halos’ skipper.
“But things can change, especially with four full months still remaining in the regular season,” Gonzalez writes. “Maybe the Phillies (from Scioscia's hometown) or Dodgers (Scioscia's longtime team) show interest. Maybe (owner Arte) Moreno eventually decides a change would be best, a sentiment Scioscia is said to be sympathetic toward. Maybe Scioscia himself decides it's time to move on, like his good friend, Cubs skipper Joe Maddon, did with the Rays last offseason. A lot can happen -- none of which Scioscia has any interest in talking about.”
The Angels made six playoff appearances in an eight-year span under Scioscia, winning a World Series in 2002, but have played postseason ball just once since 2010.
In other Angels’ news, the Angels could use a jolt to their struggling offense (a trade for Kirk Nieuwenhuis doesn’t count) , but there are no plans to deal from their young pitching depth, notably Andrew Heaney, Nick Tropeano and Sean Newcomb. “Quite frankly, you try to fix something now, you cost yourself pitching depth, and many different things that could happen along the way would tell you that was the wrong way to go,” GM Jerry Dipoto tells the Los Angeles Times.
Here’s a quick look at some other news and rumors around the majors:
Ben Zobrist: The versatile Zobrist, who is hitting .246/.306/.400 for the Athletics, is one of the “biggest targets” of the Chicago Cubs, reports Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. A two-time All-Star, Zobrist was a favorite of Cubs manager Joe Maddon when the two were in Tampa.
Matt Holliday: Once the St. Louis Cardinals learned that Matt Adams would be sidelined for an extended period, there was some speculation that Holliday, who has played his entire career in the outfield, could be tried at first base. Manager Mike Matheny ended that talk, telling the Post-Dispatch: “I like him in left field,” said manager Mike Matheny. “He’s doing a pretty good job out there. And I think people probably aren’t giving (new first baseman) Mark Reynolds the credit that he deserves."
Delino DeShields – The Rangers rookie made his major league debut at second base late in Wednesday’s game against the Indians, but don’t expect any extended time there. DeShields was moved to the outfield in 2014 after coming up in the Astros’ organization as a second baseman. Manager Jeff Banister just wants some additional flexibility at the position and hopes that Rougned Odor will soon be promoted Triple-A from Round Rock.
Anthony Rendon: The Nationals infielder, who has yet to play in the majors this season because of a sprained MCL and strained oblique, began his rehab assignment on Friday for Double-A Harrisburg at second base. That is another indication that he will not play third base once he returns, says MLB.com’s Bill Ladson.
Devon Travis: The Blue Jays rookie got off to a strong start before landing on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. The second baseman played in his first rehab game Friday in Buffalo, going 0-for-4, and is expected to rejoin the big league club Monday in Washington.