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MLB Rumors: November 4th

Today was a not so good day for Sandy Alderson… During the announcement of Terry Collins‘ two-year contract extension, New York Mets’ General Manager passed out and fell to the ground. Thankfully, Alderson is OK and addressed that he did not eat breakfast and got overheated from the lights.

Here’s a recap of the buzz around the league:

 

  • Zack Greinke has parted ways with the Los Angeles Dodgers as he has officially opted out of his remaining contract that was worth $71 million for the next three seasons. Now a free agent, the 32 year-old is looking for a bigger deal for probably his last stretch of his career. Greinke, who’s coming off a lights-out year in which he put a 19-3 record with a 1.66 ERA with a 0.844 WHIP and 200 strikeouts, will most likely command more for what he signed with the Dodgers (6 year/$147 million). The Dodger might give it a shot to try to re-sign Greinke, although they’ll have to compete with the other big-market clubs like the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers and among others.

Rest of contract situations:

 

The following players have club options for the 2016 season which, in other words, means it’s up to the front office of their respective teams to exercise the contract for the player to remain with the club or decline which makes the player a free agent.

Infielder Alexei Ramirez, outfielders Alex Rios, David Murphy and Ryan Raburn, right-handers Jeremy Guthrie and Andrew Bailey, and left-hander Cory Luebke all had their club option and they’ll all test the free agency.

(All via MLBRosterMoves)

Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon has decided to reject his player option for the 2016 season and is now a free agent.

Following nine long years with Kansas City, Alex Gordon will test the free agency for the first time in his career at age 31. The four-time gold glove winner posted a .271/.377/.432 batting line with 13 home runs and 48 RBI’s in 104 games in 2015. It’ll certainly be intriguing where will Gordon end up signing, will Kansas City try to retain his services or will he end up somewhere else?

Dodgers Managerial Search:

 

After the Los Angeles Dodgers and Don Mattingly mutually accepted to part ways, the buzz for LA’s managerial job is slowly heating up…

Here’s a list of the potential candidates:

Kirk Gibson – Former Dodger / Former Diamondbacks Manager (Recently interview on Monday)

Dave Roberts Former Padre & Bench Coach

Darin Erstad / College Baseball Coach

Bud Black / Former Padre Coach

Ron Roenicke / Dodgers 3B Coach

Tim Wallach / Dodgers Bench Coach

Gabe Kapler / Dodgers Farm Director

A few others names are in play. Per Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers will also interview Mets’ bench coach Bob Geren.

NEW GM FOR CINCY

MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon first reported that assistant General Manager Dick Williams will take over the GM role and Walt Jocketty will stay with as President of Baseball Operations.

Sheldon also mentions that Jocketty will fill in the role of President of Baseball Operations in 2016, however, he’ll have more of an “advisory role” in 2017 and 2018.

Image Source: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images North America 

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