To follow up Tuesday's post on impending managerial changes, most of the talk around the Seattle Mariners' GM vacancy suggests that the organization is still only in preliminary stages in the search for Jack Zduriencik's replacement.
News broke last month that Seattle was expected to interview former Los Angeles Angels GM Jerry Dipoto, but New York Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler, former Miami Marlins GM Dan Jennings and former Colorado Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd have also been linked to Seattle.
In the latest news regarding Seattle's hunt, ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted that Toronto Blue Jays special assistant Dana Brown will interview with the Mariners on Wednesday. Brown is credited with drafting, namely, Ian Desmond, Ryan Zimmerman and Stephen Strasburg -- though Strasburg was considered a universal No. 1 overall pick -- while overseeing the Washington Nationals' scouting division.
Brown's scouting successes are particularly notable here given that Zduriencik and the Mariners have been slammed for their seeming inability to develop draft talent.
Here are some other interesting rumors making their way around the league today:
Cincinnati Reds: One general manager who has no intention to move, however, is Walt Jocketty. He told reporters on Friday, including C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, that he wants to remain with the club for "another year or so." Now that the Reds are mired in last place in the NL Central, there has been speculation that Jocketty's time in Cincinnati could be up sooner rather than later, though he is still under contract through 2016.
Oakland Athletics: The A's announced Wednesday that lefty Barry Zito has been called up from Triple-A Nashville and will join the team in Chicago Wednesday night. It marks the former American League Cy Young pitcher's first return to the big leagues since 2013. Jesse Chavez, who is out for the season with a fractured rib, was moved to the 60-day disabled list in order to clear a spot on the roster. Jane Lee of MLB.com writes that while the 37-year-old's role with Oakland is still undetermined, his return "opens the door for a potential must-see reunion" between Zito and San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Hudson, who is set to retire after this season.
Troy Tulowitzki: Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos told reporters, including John Lott of the National Post, that the team is "cautiously optimistic" that the stud shortstop can return in two to three weeks. Tulowitzki was diagnosed with a small crack in his left shoulder blade after he exited the first game of a double-header against the Yankees on Saturday. The injury was the result of a collision with teammate Kevin Pillar while catching a pop-up. Both Anthopoulos and Tulowitzki expressed that his progress over the next couple days would be paramount in better assessing his recovery timetable. There's no need to remind fans in Toronto that an extended absence from Tulowitzki would deal a major blow to the Blue Jays, who continue to fight off the Yankees for the AL East title.
Josh Johnson: The San Diego Padres righty will undergo his third Tommy John surgery sometime next week, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. He will almost surely miss the entirety of the 2016 season as a result. Evidently, Johnson had been aware of the injury roughly ten weeks prior to making the decision to undergo yet another operation. What does this mean for Johnson's career? According to Johnson's agent, Matt Sosnick, the 31-year-old is "committed to giving it one more shot."