Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Diamondbacks have hired Amiel Sawdaye as their new assistant general manager.
Sawdaye is following new GM Mike Hazen from Boston, where he had been the Red Sox' vice president of amateur and international scouting. It looks like a good hire, as Sawdaye has been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.
SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that Marlins bench coach Tim Wallach is emerging as a candidate for the Rockies' manager job.
It's not a surprise, as Wallach has been a candidate for multiple manager posts the last few years. Wallach was a coach under skipper Don Mattingly during his days with the Dodgers and followed Mattingly to Miami after he was hired by the Marlins.
ESPN's Buster Olney reports that an idea "under strong consideration" by the Indians is to start Corey Kluber in Games 1, 4 and 7 of the World Series.
He would only be guaranteed the first two starts, of course, depending on how the series lasts. Manager Terry Francona surely isn't going to commit to anything at this point, but trying to squeeze three starts out of easily their best (healthy) starter might be worth a shot. The Indians currently have Kluber listed for Game 1, Trevor Bauer for Game 2 and Josh Tomlin for Game 3. Danny Salazar is a possibility for Game 4, although Tito hasn't committed to using him as a starter.
Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox might not hire a new general manager.
Former GM Mike Hazen left to become the Diamondbacks' new general manager. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was and still is the top decision-maker, though, and Abraham says the club may fill Hazen's administrative duties "in another fashion via internal promotions or external additions to the staff." Peter Gammons reported previously that the Red Sox have offered vice president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye their GM job, but it looks like Sawdaye will follow Hazen to Arizona to be their assistant GM.
Mariners signed RHP Micah Owings to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Owings, 34, last pitched for the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League, posting a 4.30 ERA over 106 2/3 innings while also doing some hitting on days he didn't pitch. We haven't seen Owings in the majors since 2012, and he's obviously a long shot to crack Seattle's Opening Day roster.