MLB notebook: Report: Twins to hire Molitor as manager
The Twins are expected to name Paul Molitor as their next manager Monday, according to a report from 1500ESPN.com.
The Twins, however, have not confirmed the report.
Molitor, 58, has been considered the frontrunner for the position since the Twins dismissed Ron Gardenhire as manager Sept. 29. The Hall of Famer served as a coach for the club last season and is familiar with the club after serving as Minnesota’s minor league baserunning and infield coordinator from 2005-13. Molitor also had that role with the Twins in ’03 before joining the Mariners as a hitting coach in ’04.
The Twins had two formal interviews with Molitor and two interviews with Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo and Class A Advanced Fort Myers manager Doug Mientkiewicz. Minnesota also interviewed White Sox third-base coach Joe McEwing, Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. and Blue Jays bench coach DeMarlo Hale for the position.
Royals decline option on Butler
Billy Butler hopes to be playing for the Royals again next season.
Of course, the business of baseball could change all of that.
The Royals declined their option on Butler for next season, making the former All-Star designated hitter a free agent for the first time in his eight-year major league career.
The Royals, who chose Butler in the first round of the 2004 draft, elected to pay the 28-year-old a $1 million buyout rather than exercise their $12.5 million option. The decision was widely expected, and Butler said he hopes he’ll be able to agree with the Royals on a new contract.
“There’s tough decisions on every club. There’s financial decisions that have to happen, especially on a small-market club like us, like Kansas City,” Butler said. “There’s no ill will toward the organization. You can’t take it personal in this business. I hope everything works out and I can return, but there’s always an option out there that might not happen.”
Butler’s agents will be able to discuss his future with any other team in the majors.
Lind dealt to Brewers
First baseman Adam Lind was traded from the Blue Jays to the Brewers for right-hander Marco Estrada, ending the first baseman’s nine-year run in Toronto.
The 31-year-old Lind hit .321 with six homers and 40 RBIs in 96 games last season, when he missed extensive time with a back injury and a hurt right foot. He has a .273 career average with 146 homers and 519 RBIs.
The Blue Jays were busy Saturday.
They declined options on right-handers Dustin McGowan, Brandon Morrow and Sergio Santos, allowing them to become eligible for free agency. They exercised a $6.7 million option on left-hander J.A. Happ and a $1.75 million option on catcher Josh Thole and made a $15.3 million qualifying offer to free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera, who has until Nov. 10 to accept.
Rockies decline option on lefty Anderson
The Rockies declined left-handed starter Brett Anderson’s $12 million option for 2015. Anderson went 1-3 with a 2.91 ERA in an injury-filled season, his first in Colorado after a five-year stay with Oakland.