MLB Rumors: Latest Buzz on Yankees, Phillies Free-Agent Plans, Padres Manager Search

Doric SamOctober 11, 2021

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As we inch closer to the MLB offseason, teams are beginning to map out their plans for free agency. Rumors are starting to fly as organizations are looking for improvements both on the field and in the front office.

Here, we look at the latest buzz surrounding three MLB teams who hope to upgrade multiple areas this offseason.

Yankees Likely to Retain Aaron Boone, Brian Cashman

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After the New York Yankees lost last week's American League Wild Card Game to the Boston Red Sox, fans were calling for changes to be made, namely for the team to part ways with manager Aaron Boone and general manager Brian Cashman.

It looks like Yankees fans will not be getting what they wished for, though. Jon Heyman of MLB Network noted after last week's game that the GM "isn't going anywhere."

Heyman points to Cashman still having a year left on his contract and the team's success under his leadership as reasons he will be back next season. The Yankees have won four World Series titles with the 54-year-old as GM, and they've made the playoffs in each of the past five seasons.

As for Boone, Heyman added that he is "beloved by Cashman and the players," so it looks as though he will be back for another year as well. He has a .601 winning percentage in his five seasons as Yankees manager.

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The Yankees were a streaky team this season that failed to find any consistency. If no changes are made to the front office or coaching staff, New York will have to be big spenders in free agency if it hopes to contend next season.

Phillies Looking for Upgrade at Shortstop

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This year's class of free agents is headlined by a strong group of shortstops. Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Trevor Story, Javier Baez and Marcus Semien are all expected to hit the open market.

One team that will reportedly be in play for any one of those stars is the Philadelphia Phillies. Heyman reported there is no guarantee Didi Gregorius will be back as their starting shortstop

Heyman also noted Phillies owner John Middleton "wants to win," as evidenced by his recent spending in free agency. In the past three years, the team has made splashy offseason moves by bringing in Bryce Harper, JT Realmuto and Zack Wheeler, among others.

Despite the big-name additions, the Phillies failed to make the playoffs this season and have not played in the postseason since 2011. Philadelphia's 82-80 record this year was its first season with a winning record in 10 years.

The Phillies will also be seeking a left fielder and closer this offseason, according to Heyman.

Ron Washington a Candidate for Padres Vacancy

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The San Diego Padres fired manager Jayce Tingler last week after the team fell short of expectations with a disappointing 79-83 record this season.

After things didn't work out in two seasons with a first-time manager, San Diego might be looking for someone more experienced to lead the team.

According to Heyman, Atlanta Braves third base coach Ron Washington is a candidate the Padres will consider pursuing this offseason for the position.

The 69-year-old served as manager for the Texas Rangers from 2007-14. He led the team to back-to-back World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011 but lost to the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals, respectively. He has a winning percentage of .521 as a manager (664-611).

Washington was in the running for the Padres position last time they had an opening, so he may have a head start on other candidates. Heyman noted that he finished second behind Tingler the last time around.


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