Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Mike Scioscia plans to manage the Angels in 2016 and will not exercise the opt-out clause in his contract.
With all of the changes going in the the Angels front office, there had been speculation that Scioscia may opt-out of his contract and look elsewhere, but it appears as though he'll remain in the role he has fulfilled so admirably since 2000. In his 16 seasons with the Angels, he has a 1416-1176 career record and a World Series title (2002).
Ryan Braun will have another MRI exam on his back on Wednesday and is expected to have his surgery on Thursday.
The procedure will require a one month recovery, which shouldn't impact his regular offseason routine. Braun had a nice bounceback season in 2015, slashing .285/.356/.498 with 25 homers, 84 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 140 games.
Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports that the Marlins plan to interview Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa for their managerial opening.
Bowa previously managed the Padres (1987-1988) and Phillies (2001-2004), compiling an 81-127 career record. The Marlins are seeking a manager with prior experience this time around and have already interviewed Bo Porter and Manny Acta for the position.
According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels are expected to name Billy Eppler as their General Manager on Monday.
Eppler, who is currently the Assistant General Manager for the Yankees, first interviewed for the Angels opening back in 2011, where he was one of the finalists before Jerry DiPoto was hired. He has long been considered the favorite for the position, and it looks as though things will be made official with Monday's announcement.
Miguel Sano announced Sunday that he'll play for Estrellas in the Dominican Winter League beginning in November.
Sano noted that he'll play exclusively at third base this winter. The 22-year-old appeared in just nine games at the hot corner for the Twins this season, spending most of his time as the designated hitter. With Trevor Plouffe a free agent this winter, the door is open for Sano to play everyday at third base, provided he proves he can handle the position defensively.
The Padres announced Sunday that interim manager Pat Murphy will not be retained as manager.
The search for his replacement will begin immediately. Murphy took over after Bud Black was canned in June, going 42-54 in his time as manager. It's unclear if he'll remain with the organization in a different capacity or if he'll be forced to look elsewhere. Early reports have mentioned Phil Nevin as a possibility for the position.
Joey Butler went Godzilla in his final game of the 2015 season, finishing 3-for-4 with two homers and six RBI to help lead his team's 12-3 romp over the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Yikes. Butler launched a grand slam off Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle in the first inning, then later followed that up with a two-run homer in the fifth. The huge game adds to (and finishes out) a 2015 campaign in which the 29-year-old hit .276/.326/.416 with eight homers and 30 RBI over 257 at-bats.
Chris Tillman improved to 11-11 after holding the Yankees to two runs in 5 1/3 innings Sunday.
Tillman did just enough to finish the season with a 4.99 ERA, which is actually kind of impressive, considering that he was over 5.00 in five of the six months. We don't expect him to bounce all of the way back to his 2014 numbers next year.