ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Raul Ibanez, Kevin Cash and Don Wakamatsu are the finalists to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Dave Martinez, the Rays bench coach for the past seven seasons, was among seven candidates dropped Friday. Also cut were Barry Larkin, Doug Glanville, Manny Acta, Craig Counsell, Charlie Montoyo and Ron Wotus.
Tampa Bay said interviews with the finalists will be scheduled for the week of Dec. 1. Maddon left the Rays after nine seasons to manage the Cubs.
• The White Sox added a veteran power bat by agreeing to a two-year, $25-million contract with former Pirates first baseman Adam LaRoche, MLB.com reported. LaRoche, 35, is an 11-year veteran who spent the past four seasons with the Nationals. He hit 26 homers and drove in 92 runs last season.
• Reliever Joel Peralta was acquired by the Dodgers from the Rays as part of a four-player trade. Tampa Bay received right-handers Jose Dominguez andGreg Harris in the trade announced Thursday night, and the Dodgers also obtained left-hander Adam Liberatore. Peralta, a 38-year-old right-hander, was 3-4 with a 4.41 ERA and one save in 69 games this year.
• A lawyer for a former University of Miami pitching coach Lazaro “Laser” Collazo is seeking a wide range of Major League Baseball records for the coach’s upcoming trial on illegal performance-enhancing drug distribution charges. That includes details of an immunity deal given to Yankees infielder Alex Rodriguez. Frank Quintero Jr. said he needs the documents to defend Collazo in his February trial. He said they allegedly show how MLB has influenced the prosecution through such things as paying witnesses, buying stolen documents and influencing witness testimony. MLB denies the allegations.
• A judge reinstated a sexual assault case against pitcher Evan Reed, overturning a decision by another judge who found inconsistencies in the alleged victim’s story. Reed is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Reed was playing for the Tigers last spring when a woman said she was drugged at a bar before Reed took her to a Detroit casino hotel on the eve of Opening Day. Wayne County Circuit Judge Michael Callahan reinstated the case after hearing an appeal from prosecutors. That means Reed, 28, will go to trial unless a higher court intervenes. Reed, who wasn’t in court, insists he had consensual sex with the 45-year-old woman.
— Wire reports