Maddon talks heat up
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting the Cubs and the Joe Maddon are on the verge of a “mega deal” and he would indeed become the Cubs next manager. Both the Cubs and Maddon’s agent, Alan Nero, deny the report.
Maddon spent nine years in Tampa (754-705), taking the Rays to the playoff four times, including an AL Pennant in 2008. The Rays (77-85) finished 19 games back in 2014 and Maddon has lost his last four playoff series (13-17 in playoff career). He was named AL Manger of the Year in 2008 and 2011.
Reports have Maddon heading west in his RV, a trip he started on Friday. He’s changed his twitter handle to @Maddonini, no longer @RaysJoeMaddon. Nero told the Tampa Bay Times that he felt bad for Cubs manager Rick Renteria about all the speculation. He also said they were talking to several teams and might have a decision in the next few days.
Arizona Fall League—Mesa 7, Scottsdale 5
Daniel Vogelbach (.222) went 0-for-3 but knocked in a run in Mesa’s seven-run sixth with a sacrifice fly. Bijan Rademacher (.360) was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
Venezuelan Winter League
Yeiper Castillo got the start for Zulia and worked five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, including a solo homer. He walked one, fanned two and didn’t get a decision in the 4-3 loss to Magallanes.
Dominican Winter League
Junior Lake (.297) had his seven game hitting streak snapped going 0-for-3 but he did drive in a run with a sacrifice fly in Estrellas’ 6-4 loss to Escogido.
Marco Hernandez (.286) got the start at short for Licey and was 0-2 with a strikeout before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the 7th. Gigantes beat Licey 4-2.
Jeffry Antigua worked an inning in Toros’ 4-1 loss to Aguilas. The lefty allowed an unearned run and got his team out of a jam in the fourth with a double play grounder to end the inning with two runners on.
Mexican Pacific Winter League
Carlos Villanueva (.235, 4-17) singled in four trips as the DH and has yet to play a game in the field.
Puerto Rican Winter League
Thursday marks the opening night of the Puerto Rican Winter League with Santurce traveling to San Juan and Mayaguez hosting Caguas.