Mets Hire Mickey Callaway As Manager
The Red Sox made the biggest headlines in baseball on Sunday, an off-day around the league, by officially hiring Alex Cora. He was an exciting young candidate who was approached by multiple teams, including the Mets. New York didn’t get Cora, but they didn’t take long to find a new guy they liked. After rumors that Kevin Long was the favorite for much of the process, it came out on Sunday that Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway is the guy. Pitching coaches don’t have the greatest track record as managers, but the Mets need to figure out a way to maximize the great talent they have in their rotation, and this is a great way to do it. Callaway is on the younger side and has the respect of many around the game, so this seems like a rare smart move by the Mets organization. Meanwhile, it leaves Cleveland without a pitching coach and it makes me wonder if Terry Francona will reach out to our old friend John Farrell about the opening. Now, this is not something that has been rumored and I’m not even sure if Farrell wants to get right back into coaching. That being said, they’ve worked together before and it wouldn’t be the craziest thing to ever happen.
Joe Girardi, CC Sabathia want to be back with the Yankees
After the Yankees were eliminated on Saturday, their eyes turned towards the offseason and improving and tweaking their roster. At other points in the year, there was speculation that this could be Girardi’s last year in New York. He’s far from a perfect manager, but after taking that team so far beyond where anyone expected it’s hard to see them letting him go. He would like to come back, of course. Meanwhile, Sabathia is set to hit free agency this winter, and the Yankees have a decision to make. On the one hand, he’ll be entering his age-37 season with a history of weight issues. On the other, he performed well for much of 2017 -- particularly in the postseason — and plays an important leadership role in that clubhouse. Sabathia wants to come back and has made a ton of money over his career, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see him take a discount to be back in New York’s rotation for 2018. After what he did to the Red Sox in 2017, that’s bad news for us.