I’m filing a shorter entry this morning, so there’s no “other.”
Luke Scott’s agreement with Tampa Bay should become official later today. The Rays are expected to make an announcement on his one-year deal, which reportedly includes an option for 2013.
The Orioles must have someone else in mind for the designated hitter role.
Nolan Reimold remains in play, if manager Buck Showalter is comfortable with Endy Chavez as his left fielder/leadoff hitter.
Scott wanted to return, but the Orioles were slow in getting back to him. And he couldn’t pass up this opportunity with the Rays, who apparently will use him as their primary designated hitter.
Johnny Damon’s still on the market, and the Rays don’t appear to need him anymore. Would you take him on a one-year deal?
The Orioles might want to confirm assignments for their minor league coaches and instructors. The uncertainty caused Mike Devereaux to leave the organization and take a coaching job in the Colorado Rockies’ system. Dan Radison, expected to become Double-A Bowie’s hitting coach, accepted a position in the Houston Astros’ front office.
Denny Hocking, who served as Bowie’s hitting coach last season, could return to that post or move up to Triple-A Norfolk.
I gave you the rundown of managers earlier this week. Just scroll to the bottom.
Mike Bordick was a candidate to join Showalter’s coaching staff, but his lack of experience at third base ended that opportunity. He’s been expected to remain as coordinator of offensive fundamentals, but that assignment hasn’t been made official. Same goes for Showalter’s idea of making Bordick a seventh coach at home games.
In the meantime, Bordick has emerged as a leading candidate to join MASN’s broadcast team as an analyst on half of the games. I’ve heard a collection of names over the past few months, including his, and the former Orioles shortstop is meeting again today with network officials.
I’ve been told that a decision is imminent.
It’s possible that Bordick could work as an analyst and instructor.
Former Orioles second baseman Mark McLemore and pitcher Ben McDonald also were contacted about the MASN job. McDonald might have been the first choice, but he wasn’t available to do all 81 games, which probably eliminated him from consideration.
Former manager and broadcaster Kevin Kennedy also expressed interest in the job.
I also heard former outfielder Mike Young’s name mentioned, but he still hasn’t been contacted.
Hall of Famer Jim Palmer will return as MASN’s primary analyst. He split the duties last season with Mike Flanagan, who died in August.
It’s only a matter of time before the Orioles announce the hiring of Rick Peterson as minor league pitching coordinator or a title-to-be-named-later. I’ll keep writing it until a press release is finally sent out.
Following up a report in The Sun, second baseman Brian Roberts isn’t expected to attend FanFest on the advice of doctors. The Orioles have made contingency plans for fans who purchased vouchers to obtain his autograph at the Dec. 21 event at the Baltimore Convention Center. One of his sessions has sold out.
I was actually surprised that Roberts had planned to attend. And the Orioles are making their own contingency plans at second base, no matter what happens at FanFest. They didn’t just suddenly become concerned about his health.
Roberts played in 59 games in 2010 and 39 games in 2011. He has two years and $20 million left on his contract. There’s no reason at the present time to be encouraged about his return, which is unfortunate for Roberts and the Orioles.
So seriously, does anyone want Prince Fielder? Anyone?
I read a report yesterday afternoon stating that there was a 99 percent chance that the Nationals wouldn’t sign him, and another one late last night stating that the Nats and agent Scott Boras made significant strides toward an agreement.
The only certainty is he’ll play in 2012. You can bet on it.