Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that it "doesn't sound like" the Twins are ready to offer Paul Molitor their manager job just yet.
Berardino says that "more due diligence remains." Molitor is viewed as the odds-on favorite for the gig, with Berardino adding that he has a leg up because he sat in on the team's organizational meetings last week. The Twins could still conduct additional interviews, though, with Orioles bench coach John Russell reportedly on the radar. In addition to Molitor, other candidates for the job include Torey Lovullo, Doug Mientkiewicz, Gene Glynn and Sandy Alomar Jr. Joe McEwing and DeMarlo Hale interviewed but have reportedly been told they will not get the job.
Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the Cardinals are "expected to heavily consider" Marco Gonzales for a spot in next year's bullpen.
Gonzales' future is as a starter, and he'll report to spring training as an option for the starting five. However, he's unlikely to crack the Opening Day rotation given the team's depth, and it sounds like they might prefer using him in relief rather than putting him in the Triple-A rotation.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak indicated on Monday that Carlos Martinez projects as the team's primary setup man next season.
Obviously a lot can happen between now and spring training with the Cards' roster. But while Martinez has loads of upside as a starter, there might not be room for him in the rotation as things currently shake out. "You can see there is a spot for Carlos in that bullpen that looks pretty nice when it fits right," Mozeliak said. "We’ll have him continue to prepare (to start), but there are only so many innings that we have in spring for starters. He’s always been an option, but we do like him in the back end of the bullpen."
Michael Wacha will follow his normal offseason program after an MRI Friday on his right shoulder came back clean.
Wacha missed a large chunk of the season with a stress reaction in the shoulder, but the Cardinals were encouraged by how the MRI looked. "Even the doctors were a little surprised on how that looked," general manager John Mozeliak said. It's good news for Wacha heading into the offseason, but he remains a medical red flag for 2015 since it's an issue that can crop up again.
James Shields revealed Monday that he passed a kidney stone during the ALCS.
Shields began feeling pain on October 12, and it made the Royals' decision to start Jason Vargas instead of Shields on regular rest in Game 4 on October 15 an easy one. He underwent a CT scan to determine the source of his discomfort but by then the team deduced he had already passed the stone. "It was excruciating pain," Shields said. "I wasn’t feeling good." Shields will get the ball in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.