If you’re interested in following Jim Riggleman’s post-Nationals career path, I’ve got an update for you.
Riggleman has received a promotion from the Reds and will be managing their Triple-A team in Louisville in 2013.
He had spent the 2012 season managing the Reds’ Double-A affiliate in Pensacola.
The former Nats skipper had been talked about as a candidate for the Astros’ bench coach job under Bo Porter and my MASNsports.com colleague Roch Kubatko reported that Riggleman was among the names that Buck Showalter was mulling over as a candidate to become the Orioles’ third base coach.
Riggleman was also briefly linked to the Blue Jays, when they were searching for a new manager. Instead, the Frostburg State alum will end up in Kentucky, skippering the Louisville Bats.
While Riggleman has found a job, J.P. Howell continues to search for one.
All appears to be quiet on Howell at the moment, even though I’d imagine there are quite a few teams in on the left-handed reliever, who has been with the Rays since 2006.
The Nationals are definitely one of the teams interested in Howell, as they’re looking for another lefty to add to a bullpen which currently contains only one southpaw. Zach Duke is the lefty outcast at the moment.
It will be interesting to watch how the market develops for Howell after seeing the deal that Sean Burnett got from the Angels.
Burnett scored a two-year, $8 million deal which reportedly could pay him up to $13.25 million over three years if an option for 2015 vests.
The Nationals weren’t interested in getting into those type of numbers, and didn’t become one of the more active teams on Burnett.
It’s unclear how much the Nats will be willing to give Howell, but they like him plenty.
Finally, I failed to mention this the other day, but Nats pitchers Ross Detilwer and Craig Stammen are currently taking part in the 2012 USO holiday tour led by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey.
Detwiler cut short his honeymoon to take part in the trip, and Stammen decided to hop aboard, as well. The two Nats will go on a seven-day, four-country tour to military venues along with Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks, country music singer Kellie Pickler and comedian Iliza Shlesinger.
Not a bad way to spend a week during the offseason. Kudos to both Detwiler and Stammen.