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Morning everybody! There was no baseball last night, but somehow we all survived. Instead we got the completely shocking (ahem) news that the Dodgers and Don Mattingly are parting ways. It had been an up and down run for Mattingly with the Dodgers, but the relationship frayed this season and the two sides have decided to move on.
As with any break-up, it appears the two sides have quickly found new interested partners, with the Marlins seriously interested in Mattingly's managerial services and a bunch of names have been linked to the Dodgers new opening.
The Orioles have some tough choices to make this winter, and Mark Brown of Camden Chat believes that Baltimore should use their big bullet to re-sign Chris Davis.
It's true that a $24 million salary for Davis would represent about 1/6th of the team's total payroll next year. That is a lot of money to have tied up in one player. You can pretty much rule out that they can use free agency to fill every hole they need to fill if half of their available money gets tied up in Davis.
Then again, sometimes it's better to spend bigger on one player than try to patch together something from cheaper players. The O's could have had Nelson Cruz on the 2015 team at about $15 million per year. The Orioles sunk as much money as that into position players who were released over the course of the year. Cruz would not have solved every problem the team had this year, but he would have solved one, and he'd be a solution for a problem that needs to be solved for next year, too.
When considering a giant contract for Davis or anybody else, more is at stake than just the 2016 payroll. The Orioles have a lot of payroll space available this offseason because they entered the year with many pending free agents. That won't be the case a year from now; only Brian Matusz and Nolan Reimold are currently set to be free agents after next season, and that's assuming either of those guys are even tendered for the 2016 season.
Here is a list of the important dates for the offseason.
The Blue Jays will try to stave off elimination once again tonight, as they take on the Royals in Game 6 of the ALCS. With their season on the line, the Jays turn to David Price in order to save the season. Price is trying to erase the postseason stigma that has haunted him.
Despite being a four game sweep, the NLCS drew its highest ratings since 2010. Baseball is dying!
Also from the land of good news, the Boston Red Sox announced that manager John Farrell's cancer is in remission.
Terry Collins is the oldest manager in baseball at age 66, but that isn't going to stop the Mets skipper from coaching a few more years before retiring.
This Day in Baseball History: Mike Piazza is the unanimous choice for NL Rookie of the Year. The Dodgers catcher hit .318 with 35 homers and 112 RBI's in his rookie season.
Question of the Day: Which MLB managers are actually better than Don Mattingly?
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