Ripken interested in Nationals job?
Longtime Orioles' great Cal Ripken Jr. says that he would listen if the Nationals asked him about filling their open manager vacancy, reports Jon Heyman at CBSSports.com. However, Ripken refused to say he was definitely interested in the job, however.
The Nationals wouldn't be the first team to approach Ripken about joining their staff as a manager. In the past, he has always turned them down. On the other hand, he has talked about an interest in getting back into baseball in a managerial capacity before.
Ripken will not say outright whether he would take a manager job or a front office job with a team, but it appears he does have at least some interest.
A.J. Hinch a candidate for Cubs
The Cubs fired former manager Dale Sveum last week due to perceived failures in bringing along the team's young talent. Hinch would be better prepared to take on that role having served in player development for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hinch also managed the Diamondbacks in 2009 and 2010, accumulating an 89-123 record.
Hinch would allegedly have an interest in taking the job if it were offered to him. The Cubs are also rumored to be looking at Yankees manager Joe Girardi to manage the team.
Weiss discussing contract with Rockies
Team owner Dick Monfort is expected to meet with Weiss and members of the front office on Wednesday in an effort to speed up negotiations.
The main sticking point is the length of the contract. Weiss took a one-year deal to manage the Rockies in 2013, leading the team to a 74-88 record. Now that he has the experience, Weiss would like a multi-year deal.
The two sides do not seem far apart and a new contract is likely to be agreed upon soon.
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