Wednesday Afternoon Quick Hits

Here are some links for you guys on this Wednesday afternoon:

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  • Nationals GM Mike Rizzo told reporters that interim manager Jim Riggleman has a legitimate shot to return as manager in 2010. The Nationals are expected to explore the market, possibly interviewing former managers like Mike Hargrove, Buck Showalter, or Bobby Valentine. The search is expected to begin after the season.
  •  The New York Daily News is reporting that Mets would like to bring Alex Cora back for the 2010 season. Cora is currently on the disabled list, but his versatility makes him a desirable bench player. An inexpensive one year deal should do the trick.
  • 35-year old sidearmer Chad Bradford may retire after this season, he told the St. Petersburg Times. Bradford, who said his decision won't come until January, hasn't had a full season since 2007 with the Orioles. He has a career 3.26 ERA in 561 appearances.
  • The Rangers would be smart to use Marlin Byrd in center field next season, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal suggests. The Rangers need to sign Byrd first, which might be tough after putting up career highs in home runs and runs batted in. Still, there is a mutual interest so a deal is possible. 
  • The White Sox may move closer Bobby Jenks after this season. Jenks, who is not a free agent until 2011, who has 29 saves with a 3.71 ERA in 52 games. The Braves could target Jenks as their closer, assuming they let Rafael Soriano walk. 
  • Check this out! Mariners television broadcaster Mike Blowers predicted that Matt Tuiasosopo will hit a home run. It wasn't just predicting the home run, he predicted to what part of the field, the count, and which at-bat. Very impressive.
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