It looks like Don Mattingly will not be out of a job for long.
According to various reports, the former Los Angeles Dodgers manager interviewed for the Miami Marlins' vacancy on Monday. The Miami Herald went a step further, noting both sides are interested in striking a deal in the coming days.
Mattingly spent the last five seasons as Dodgers skipper, winning three straight NL West titles before parting ways with the club last week. Any official announcement on a new manager is not expected until after the World Series.
Could anything hold up the deal? Money should not be a problem since owner Jeffrey Loria has shown a willingness to pay at least some of his managers handsomely (see Ozzie Guillen). The Miami Herald report says Mattingly wants assurances that he could hire his own coaches, and the Marlins have balked at similar requests in the past. But given the strong interest by the Marlins’ front office in general and Loria in particular, this should not be a problem.
Our news and rumors roundup continues with an update on some other managerial vacancies:
San Diego Padres: Pirates third base coach Rick Sofield had a second interview and appears to be a finalist for the job, tweets Rob Biertempfel. The 58-year-old Sofield coached his alma mater, South Carolina, from 1984-86 and Utah from 1987-94. He also managed in the Montreal Expos’ minor league system from 1995 to 1997. Former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire also had a second interview for the vacancy in San Diego, reported Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com on Sunday.
Washington Nationals: As we mentioned Monday, the two finalists for the open managerial gig are Dusty Baker and Bud Black, both of whom reportedly had second interviews on Monday. James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals’ next manager will be more costly than Matt Williams, who was dismissed with $1 million left on his deal for 2016.
Dave Roberts: After making a strong impression in his interview for manager, Roberts is a strong candidate for the open third base coaching job with the Seattle Mariners, reports Bob Dutton of The Olympian. The 53-year-old Roberts finished last season as bench coach in San Diego.
Matt Wieters: Over the weekend, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported the Braves, Dodgers, Rays, Astros, and Mariners could bid for Wieters, who is a season removed from Tommy John surgery. Earlier this month, a CBSSports.com report said the Rangers could be interested, but only if the Orioles decide not to extend Wieters a qualifying offer.
Torii Hunter: The 40-year-old Hunter announced his retirement Monday, ending a distinguished 19-year career that included five All-Star berths and nine Gold Gloves. Had he returned, Hunter would have been reduced to a part-time role behind Aaron Hicks Eddie Rosario and Byron Buxton. That could put the Twins in the market for a moderately priced backup outfielder this offseason.
Philadelphia Phillies: Matt Klentak was officially introduced as the new general of the Phillies on Monday, and the 35-year-old will continue the rebuilding of a franchise that began this summer with the trades of fan favorites Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley. Klentak would not give a timetable as to when the Phillies might contend again, but a rapid turnaround appears unrealistic.