Athletics promoted Billy Beane to vice president of baseball operations and David Forst to general manager.
This has been in the working for some time. Forst just finished up his 16th season with the Athletics and his 12th as an assistant general manager with the club. He obviously works very well with Beane and the other Oakland higher-ups. It should be an active offseason for the A's, who finished 68-94 in 2015.
Brewers pitching coach Rick Kranitz has been fired.
Milwaukee will retain manager Craig Counsell, hitting coach Darnell Coles, and third base coach Ed Sedar, but none of the other members of the coaching staff will have their contracts renewed for 2016. Kranitz's pitching staff registered a combined 4.28 ERA in 2015, which ranked 24th in the major leagues.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia said Monday that he plans to test the free agent market this winter.
Salty had a minor resurgence after moving from Miami to Arizona this summer, posting an .805 OPS with eight home runs in 70 games (37 starts) for the Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old catcher said he wants to find a starting job, and the D'Backs are probably going to move forward with arbitration-eligible backstop Welington Castillo.
Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart said Monday that he has spoken to A.J. Pollock about a long-term deal.
Pollock had a fantastic 2015 season with the Snakes, slashing .315/.367/.498 with 20 homers, 39 stolen bases, and 111 runs in 157 games while playing very good defense in center field. The 27-year-old will be eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this winter. He is under Arizona's control through 2018.
CC Sabathia is checking himself into an alcohol rehab facility and will not be available for the postseason.
Shocking news. Sabathia didn't have a very good year, but he showed some positive signs in his last several regular-season starts and was going to be part of the Yankees' playoff rotation if they were to advance past the Wild Card Game. "It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family," the 35-year-old left-hander said in a written statement. Sabathia will focus on getting healthy both mentally and physically for 2016. He is still owed $30 million.