Monday, 26 November 2012
John Gibbons, or probably more precisely, The Toronto Blue Jays and John Gibbons, have named five members the big league coaching staff. Still no Sal Fasano...
In a press release this morning, the Jays announced that Chad Mottola will be taking over as hitting coach from Dwayne Murphy, who has shifted over to first base. Murph will also be in charge of outfield defense, replacing Torey Luvollo, at least in the first base coach position.
De Marlo Hale, as expected, has been named the bench coach, taking a seat beside Gibby, replacing Don Wakamatsu.
Pete Walker will now be the pitching coach, taking over for Bruce Walton. Walker was the bullpen coach last season, after Pat Hentgen stepped down to take a consulting/scouting role instead. No bullpen coach has been named yet.
Luis Rivera has been promoted to third base coach, replacing Brian Butterfield, who, along with Torey Luvollo, joined John Farrell in Boston. Rivera was a coaching assistant and scout last year with the club.
I certainly haven't heard anything about what's going on with Walton and Wakamatsu, but neither are under contract anymore, so they're essentially free agents.
The other big news from the AL East this morning is that Tampa has extended Evan Longoria through the 2022 season (with a 2023 club option, of course), exercising his 3 club options from his original deal, and then giving him 6 more years worth $100MM more, stretching it to $136MM total, not including the $17.5MM that he had already earned on the previous contract. I dunno if that makes any sense.