The biggest news from this week in MLB betting came from Detroit, where the Tigers announced that general manager Dave Dombrowski’s time with the team was coming to an end. This was one of the few instances when an announcement surprised an entire league, as Dombrowski had been president and general manager for almost 14 seasons and has long had a reputation for being one of the best general managers in all of baseball. Before he went to Detroit, he was the architect of the successful Marlin teams. This means that, from one perspective, Dombrowski is the first major free agent to enter the open market.
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Where will Dombrowski end up? The Los Angeles Angels, Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox are being bandied about as likely targets, because each has had recent openings in their front office that Dombrowski could occupy quite nicely. According to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, the big rumor right now is that Dombrowski will just slide a few miles across the Canadian border and go to work for Toronto, as current Blue Jays president Paul Beeston is rumored to be retiring when this season comes to an end. With regard to the Red Sox, CEO and team president Larry Lucchino has already announced that he is leaving at the season’s end. However, the team has already designated Sam Kennedy to replace him.
So what else is going on in Major League Baseball this week? Tigers’ catcher Alex Avila has gotten some publicity since his father, Al Avila, has stepped into Dombrowski’s role on an interim basis. The elder Avila has already noted the awkwardness of the situation but has already said that nepotism will not play a role in any decisions that the team makes.
In New York, Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is excited about staying in the Big Apple even after his contract is up at the end of this season. The Mets pulled a deal for Cespedes at the non-waiver trading deadline last week, and the youngster has already started producing at a rapid clip. The Mets are generally not big spenders on the free agency market, which means that Cespedes will likely have to offer a hometown discount in a city where he just arrived if he is going to be a Met in 2016.
The Mets also grabbed Eric O’Flaherty in a deal with the Oakland A’s. The Mets had already gotten Tyler Clippard from the A’s last week, and Clippard told the Mets a bit about the lefthander before the Mets went after another trade. Clippard had been impressed by O’Flaherty’s work while he was in Oakland.
Miami Marlins righthander Jarred Cosart has received a diagnosis for an inner ear disorder that has hindered his balance, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro. Cosart had been worried about the balance problems but did not know the problem, so now he can focus on getting back to play. He went on the disabled list in May and dealt with the same problems during a July 17 AAA start.