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Yesterday's big story was a rumor that Robinson Cano wants out of Seattle, as he is reportedly unhappy.
According to John Harper of the New York Daily News, "one long-time friend who spoke to [Cano] recently says the second baseman is not happy in Seattle, especially with a new regime in charge there now, and that he’d love to somehow find his way back to New York."
This report comes less than a week after former-Mariners hitting coach Andy Van Slyke blamed Cano for his own -- and some of his co-workers -- dismissal. "The hitting coach got fired because of Cano," Van Slyke said, "and the manager and the coaches got fired because of Cano. That’s how much impact he has on the organization. He was the worst player and it cost people their jobs in the process."
The Dodgers hired their next manager on Sunday night, and today they are being linked to flame-thrower Aroldis Chapman.
After initial reports said that the Mariners had signed Chris Iannetta, the deal became official today with the M's inking him to a one-year deal.
The Washington Nationals still are looking to trade both Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen.
Speaking of the Dodgers and Nationals, our own Mike Bates gave credit to both of those teams for how they went about hiring their next managers.
To that end, at least in these two cases, I'm fairly encouraged. The Nationals had an extensive interview process that also included Alex Cora, in which Baker emerged as the second choice. They turned to him when they couldn't reach a deal with Bud Black. The Dodgers interviewed nine candidates, including Dave Martinez, before settling on Roberts, who has embraced the analytical bent practiced by Los Angeles's braintrust.
These were robust processes, in which multiple non-white candidates were considered and emerged as leading contenders. They were exactly what we needed other teams, like the Mariners or the Brewers to engage in, rather than simply handing the reins over to some old friend of the GM. It's what we will need teams to do next year when they inevitably let their skippers go. It's only through this kind of rigorous process that we ensure that qualified candidates, from whatever ethnicity, get a fair shake and are allowed to rise in an incredibly restricted job market.
The Marlins are expected to move outfielder Marcell Ozuna this winter and are asking for young starting pitcher in return.
In Shelby Miller trade talks with the Giants, the Braves reportedly discussed Matt Duffy and Joe Panik.
The Angels haven't ruled out a push for outfielder Jason Heyward.
Beyond the Box Score's Rachel Heacock explored where free agent Howie Kendrick fits.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1982, Cal Ripken Jr wins the AL Rookie of the Year Award after hitting .264 with 28 home runs.