Purges begin

DMZ · October 10, 2005 at 3:21 pm · Filed Under General baseball 

Ed Wade is out in Philly. In the short term, I expect a rise in Ryan Howard rumors.

In Baltimore, Jim Beattie’s not going to return. He was as close to a GM as the team’s had in years. Mike Flanagan might be next.

This comes only a couple days after the Devil Rays finally firing Chuck LaMar, who by any reasonable standard did an awful job in Tampa, and the Rangers got a new GM as well.

Who’s next?


30 Responses to “Purges begin”

  1. David J Corcoran on October 10th, 2005 3:28 pm

    I’d say that’s about it. Unless Baird gets the axe.

  2. David J Corcoran on October 10th, 2005 3:28 pm

    Maybe Jim Hendry too, but I doubt it.

  3. Noel on October 10th, 2005 3:29 pm

    DMZ, what do you think of the new Rangers GM?

  4. DMZ on October 10th, 2005 3:31 pm

    I was thinking Hendry would be my sleeper candidate, too.

  5. Russ on October 10th, 2005 4:18 pm

    Purges Begin

    Seems appropo considering the number of teams that choked this year.

  6. Mr. Egaas on October 10th, 2005 4:21 pm

    3. There was a post on this about a week ago when the change went made. Another one of those young sharp Harvard breed kids who looks to have a good head on his shoulders. The AL west just got a bit smarter, the article was titled.

  7. Kelly M on October 10th, 2005 4:22 pm

    Seems like whomever is the new GM in Philly will need to have a defined strategy for dealing with Thome’s contract before accepting the job.

    Either the owner knows exactly how much of Thome’s contract he’ll swallow to move Thome, or he wants the new GM to move Howard. The third option is to keep Howard and Thome, but I can’t see the reasoning behind that.

    If Howard wants to wear the left-handed sock as DH/1b in Seattle, I’d take him.

  8. Jerry on October 10th, 2005 4:40 pm

    RE #6,

    Uh Oh. You just touched on a very tense subject.

    I suggested that the M’s should inquire about Howard last offseason, and was promptly lambasted by just about everyone on this blog.

    I still think that he would be a great addition, especially now that he has developed into a more complete hitter. However, that will really drive up the price for him. He would be a great addition, but it would cost a ton.

    If I were running the Phillies, I would consider keeping both, keep my fingers crossed that Thome gets healthy, then look to move him. Either way they go on this one, they are likely going to get hosed. It might be best to just not do anything until they have more info.

  9. Noel on October 10th, 2005 4:44 pm

    6: True, Dave already posted on Jon Daniels’ new job with the Rangers, but I was wondering if DMZ had anything to add. Two heads are better than one, y’know, all that stuff.

  10. Jerry on October 10th, 2005 4:44 pm


    I meant #7

  11. Jon Helfgott on October 10th, 2005 4:59 pm

    If anyone’s interested in potential replacements for sacked GMs, I suggest checking out a piece Will Carroll wrote on future GMs earlier this year:


    One interesting note is that he left Grady Fuson off the list.

  12. Steve on October 10th, 2005 5:02 pm

    #1: Glass has already announced that Baird has the job for one more year – Baird’s contract runs through 2006. If Baird doesn’t get the team to .500, Baird is gone.

    Which must have Rob Neyer and Rany Jazayerli close to catatonic. ‘Cause Baird just might get lucky and the Royals get to .500. Baird then gets reupped for another three or four years, and the disaster in KC is prolonged.

  13. Zip Bailey on October 10th, 2005 5:32 pm

    This from the AP story about Wade’s firing:

    Wade worked his way up to general manager from public relations intern. He once shared an office with Dave Raymond, who was an intern in the promotions department and went on to become the Phillie Phanatic.

    Wow. I guess *anyone* can be general manager.

  14. msb on October 10th, 2005 5:52 pm

    how about Bowden in DC?

    interesting that the D-Rays are alreading looking at a new field manager before they hire a GM…. or do they already have one, in a sense: “Rays director of baseball development Andrew Friedman will play a prominent role — with, perhaps, a new title — in the front office hierarchy. Friedman, 28, has spent the past two years representing [new owner]Sternberg’s interests on the baseball side of the organization, learning from the inside. While Friedman is expected to have the authority to make the baseball decisions, the possibility remains that the team will hire an experienced former GM in an advisory role. “There are lots of names that are being thrown out there,” Silverman said. “Some of the younger, more quantitative-focus guys, obviously. There are people that have communicated [their interest] directly and also through the press that may have more experience, and more traditional general managers. We’re going to look at all of them and see which ones make sense to bring in here.”

  15. goodbye baseball on October 10th, 2005 5:58 pm

    Speaking of GMs on the hot seat, what are the odds JP Ricciardi is still in charge in Toronto at this time next year? I say not very good because after winning 87(?) games in 2003, they haven’t made enough strides to further compete with Boston and the Yankees. Plus he’s already on his third manager. You can’t act like Billy Beane too long unless you start winning. Halladay’s injury hurt this year and they lost Delgado’s production to free agency but those can’t be excuses in 2006. And now that hockey is back, the Black Jays (doesn’t look like they wear blue anymore) will become even less relevant unless they get off to an an amazing start next year. On a selfish note, I do hope former Mets backup catcher John Gibbons can lead the turnaround before Ricciardi whacks him to save his own hide.

  16. JMB on October 10th, 2005 7:34 pm

    If anyone cares, I heard today that Theo Epstein’s contract runs out the last day of this month.


  17. Jon Helfgott on October 10th, 2005 9:22 pm

    I think Theo’s job is pretty damn secure.

  18. benny young on October 10th, 2005 9:51 pm

    Will any of these owners consider a guy who has played the game and been in the trenches and understand about chemistry and what goes on inside the clubhouse are will they all be these snotnosed smart kids from the ivy league?I say hire a old player that is smart and give him a brainy assistent who can do the paper work and know all the rules it seems to work in oakland.

  19. Steve on October 10th, 2005 10:33 pm

    Cashman’s contract is up October 31. He looks like a good candidate to take over in Philadelphia.

  20. LB on October 10th, 2005 11:44 pm

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/11/sports/baseball/11pins.html (reg probably required) speculates, “Stottlemyre May Wind Up in Seattle Next Season.”

  21. DMZ on October 11th, 2005 8:45 am

    I was thinking more “fired” than “leave for other job” but yeah, Cashman puts up with so much crap from Steinbrenner if he left to prove that he can win without George’s payroll and work in a healthier environment, I don’t know anyone that would blame him.

  22. DMZ on October 11th, 2005 8:48 am

    Grady Fuson, btw, is in San Diego where the Padres are inventing a new super-powerful player development position for him to occupy (they may have done it by now, now that I think about it). While he might leave for a GM position eventually, it’s unlikely he’s going to leave San Diego soon after what they’ve done for him.

  23. Dave on October 11th, 2005 8:55 am

    Fuson’s been officially given almost total control of their player development now.

  24. Xteve X on October 11th, 2005 9:06 am
  25. outlier on October 11th, 2005 9:44 am

    Article mentioning Bavasi’s possible ouster (and a quote from USS Mariner, too, regarding Lincoln). Go half-way down…:


  26. MichaelJack on October 11th, 2005 9:55 am

    Speaking of the Phils and Ryan Howard, lots of rumors floating around some philly boards that a Thome + David Bell for Beltre trade is in the works. As a Phillies fan, I’m still deciding on this one. Any corroboration from any sources in Seattle?

  27. Dave on October 11th, 2005 9:58 am

    That’s why you don’t read message boards. What a joke.

  28. Adam S on October 11th, 2005 10:06 am

    Regardless of the source, which is really all you need to know on that rumor, the Mariners are in no hurry to get rid of Beltre. Even in a bad year, he was just slightly overpaid. This is a great contract for the team.

    And Thome is just an awful contract. The Phils will be lucky if they get a major leaguers in return for Thome, unless it’s one who’s similarly horribly overpaid.

  29. Steve Thornton on October 11th, 2005 12:42 pm

    Thome and Bell for Beltre. Huh. Not unless you throw in Mike Schmidt, Dick Allen, and Nap Lajoie.

  30. msb on October 11th, 2005 3:08 pm

    Dave said: “Fuson’s been officially given almost total control of their player development now.”

    I wonder if that is where the “Towers out?” rumors come from….