MLB Franchise Notes: Rangers To Operate With Less Cash For '18 Season
MLB Rangers President of Baseball Operations & GM Jon Daniels said that he will be operating with "less money" during the '18 season." But in Ft. Worth, Jeff Wilson notes the Rangers' payroll "will still rank in the top 10 or 12 in MLB." The team opened '17 with a payroll in the $165-175M range and one report "had them finishing the season" at $185M. Daniels said that the reduction is "due to no longer having a one-time" $25M infusion that ownership "provided before last season to allow the Rangers to keep from trading away more prospects from a thin system to acquire players." Daniels also said that it is not the result of ownership "trying to account for lost revenue from an attendance decline of 200,000" or "trying to shift money from the payroll to construction costs for Globe Life Field" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 10/20).
CAPTAIN RON: In Detroit, Anthony Fenech reports the Tigers on Friday afternoon will introduce former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire as the "38th manager in franchise history." The Tigers "need Gardenhire’s experience" after Exec VP/Baseball Operations & GM Al Avila and former manager Brad Ausmus "combined for two fruitless seasons." Gardenhire "offers a certain stability the team has lacked" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 10/20). Also in Detroit, John Niyo writes, "In some corners, this will be viewed as the safe choice, and maybe that’s true." Yet it is "hard not to view it as another contradiction." Less than a month after announcing "another round of fresh hires for their fledgling analytics department," Avila hired a manager with a "decidedly old-school reputation, someone who was late to embrace data-driven decision making, if he even has at all" (DETROIT NEWS, 10/20).
FOLLOW THE LEADER: In K.C., Rustin Dodd noted the Royals' baseball operations department next week "will fly to Atlanta and spend four days in the city" and the itinerary "includes meetings on character and leadership, race relations in the United States and a close study of the life" of Martin Luther King Jr. Royals Senior VP/Baseball Operations & GM Dayton Moore said, "It makes sense to study him." The focus of the trip "will be on leadership, on philosophy, on molding the minds who will guide the franchise into the future." Dodd noted the Royals in this past season "featured minorities in three senior baseball operations positions directly under Moore" (K.C. STAR, 10/19).