- The Mariners announced they have dismissed Lloyd McClendon from the manager's post, as first reported by Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. Additionally, the Mariners shook up their coaching staff, with only hitting coach Edgar Martinez and infield coach Chris Woodward being given their same roles for the 2016 season. McClendon has had an underwhelming tenure as Mariners' manager, with the team compiling a 163-161 record in two seasons under his leadership. With a new front office and GM in Jerry Dipoto, they likely wanted a fresh, new manager to lead the team next year.
- Dan Jennings will return to his post as GM of the Marlins, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, who notes that an announcement could become Sunday and Tuesday of this week. Jennings, who had been serving as the Marlins' manager since the firing of Mike Redmond on May 17. It was up to Jennings on whether he wanted to return to his former post; he is still signed by the Marlins for three more years.
Here's a quick Major League Baseball roundup from October 9:
The Miami Marlins have announced the re-signing of outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, as MLB.com's Joe Frisaro first reported Tuesday afternoon.
Suzuki will make $2 million in 2016 and also has a $2 million option for 2017, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
The 41-year-old Suzuki has had a great decline from his best days. The future Hall of Famer slashed just .229/.282/.279/.561 (53 wRC+) in 438 plate appearances this year, stealing 11 bases in 16 attempts.
Suzuki provided slightly above average defense in his time in the Miami outfield, advanced statistics on Fangraphs show. Regardless, Suzuki was signed by the Marlins to be more of a role player, but when Giancarlo Stanton went down to injury and Marcell Ozuna had an unsuccessful year, Suzuki's playing time greatly increased.
With the more playing time, Ichiro inched closer to the 3,000 hit milestone. After recording 91 hits in 2015, Suzuki is just 65 hits away from the mark.
Some speculate that the Marlins will use Suzuki's upcoming accompishment as a possible marketing point and that could have possibly been one of the reasons for re-signing him (as well as the clubhouse presence for younger players).
Ichiro joined the Marlins last offseason on a one-year, $2 million contract.
The Washington Nationals have fired manager Matt Williams, as James Wagner of the Washington Post first reported Monday.
The team has since announced Williams' firing in a press release, while also announcing that the rest of Williams' coaching staff has been relieved of their duties as well.
Williams' firing has long been expected. The Nationals' 2015 season was supposed to be their best yet, with many experts picking them to win the World Series. The team not only did not qualify for the postseason, but posted their worst record since 2011.
Many around and inside the game felt Williams' communication with the players and his decision-making skills were both subpar, which ultimately lead to the fall of the Nationals, and now, his firing.
Both these issues were highlighted just a few weeks ago, when Bryce Harper and Jonathan Papelbon confronted one another, with the latter strangling the former. Not only did Williams not see the argument, he promptly put Papelbon in the game. Papelbon blew the tie game and took the loss.
Williams was named the Nationals' manager prior to the 2014 season. He was signed to a two-year deal with a team option for 2016, which the team exercised back in February.
The 49-year-old Williams went 96-66 in his first year as manager, leading him to be named the National League Manager of the Year. This season, however, the Nationals struggled to a 83-79 record, finishing in second in the NL East.
The Los Angeles Angels will name former Yankees assistant general manager Billy Eppler general manager tomorrow, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday evening.
The Angels have been in pursuit of a general manager since Jerry Dipoto resigned from his post on July 1, 2015. The resignation followed a long-term tension between him and manager Mike Scioscia on the usage of in-game analytics.
Los Angeles replaced Dipoto with Bill Stoneman, who they named interim general manager. Stoneman had to work with a team in contention and attempted to provide the pieces they needed to make a postseason run.
The Angels were eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday in a 9-2 loss to the Rangers. They finished the season with an 85-77 record and third in the American League West division.
Eppler has been mentioned as a possible candidate for many GM openings, including the Seattle Mariners' recent opening, which has since been filled by Dipoto.
The 40-year-old Eppler was thought of by many around the game as a future general manager. In fact, Eppler interviewed for the Angels' GM job back in 2011, where he was named one of the finalists. The job ultimately went to Dipoto. Eppler has been working in the front office side baseball since 2000. He is generally considered to be "well-versed" in the statistics and analytics of the game.
Eppler and Dodgers executive Josh Byrnes were considered to be the finalists for the position.
Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price will return to his position for the 2016 season, general manager Walt Jocketty announced to reporters, including the Cincinnati Inquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans on Saturday.
The second year manager Price has been under a lot of scrutiny from Reds fans. This has included an expletive-ridden rant against reporters earlier in the year, as well as poor play from the team overall.
The Reds have underperformed expectations thus far this season, going 63-97 at the time of this writing. They are currently on a 13-game losing streak which could end up leading them to the No. 1 overall pick in next year's MLB Draft.
Price has been the Reds manager since 2013, when he was promoted from pitching coach in October of that year. Over the past two years with Price at the helm, the Reds have fallen apart, finishing second-to-last and last in the National League Central.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today first reported that the Reds would be bringing back Price in 2016.