Ron Roenicke lands endorsement from former Angels manager Mike Scioscia

Ron Roenicke lands endorsement from former Angels manager Mike Scioscia

The Boston Red Sox made an unexpected managerial switch this offseason in the wake of allegations of sign-stealing against Alex Cora during his time with Houston Astros and Red Sox.

While moving on from Cora, who helped the team win a World Series in his first year, 2018, wasn't ideal, the Red Sox had a viable, experienced managerial candidate available to take over for him. That would be Ron Roenicke.

Roenicke is a long-time MLB veteran who worked with Mike Scioscia as part of the Los Angeles Angels and later would go onto manage the Milwaukee Brewers. Roenicke was brought to Boston to serve as a veteran mentor for Cora, but now he'll have a shot to take over as the interim manager in the wake of controversy with the Sox.

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Though the Red Sox are in a bit of turmoil, Scioscia is excited for Roenicke to get a shot at managing again, and the long-time MLB skipper said that Roenicke would be a great hire.

“He’s going to do a great job for that team,” Scioscia said, per Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe. “Ron is insightful and he has a great demeanor about him. A great baseball mind, too. I’m glad to see Ron back managing. They’re not ideal circumstances, but he’s the right person for that team.”

Getting an endorsement from Scioscia, who had a solid 19-year run as the manager of the Angels, is certainly ideal. After all, Scioscia led the Angels to six first-place finishes in the AL West, a World Series title in 2002, and posted a 1,650-1,428 record as the manager. He knows how to win and build a solid program.

So, if he believes in Roenicke, there's reason to believe in Roenicke.

“He’s as competitive as it gets,” Scioscia said of Roenicke. “He’s a winner. He’s very sincere, very honest. He’ll tell people what he thinks. But those are positives when you have that job.”

Beyond that, Roenicke has familiarity with the players he'll be coaching, so the clubhouse chemistry should continue to be solid, though the departures of Mookie Betts and Brock Holt will surely sting a bit. Still, the team has enough leaders to get by.

Overall, it seems that Roenicke was the best choice for the squad, especially amid reports that the Red Sox got the OK from the MLB to hire him despite the sign-stealing allegations. It's just a matter of whether or not he can get enough out of the pitching staff to get the Sox to reach their full potential.

MLB rumors: Tampa ties make Dodgers, Angels strong contenders to acquire David Price

MLB rumors: Tampa ties make Dodgers, Angels strong contenders to acquire David Price

SAN DIEGO -- David Price made his name in Tampa Bay. Could he be reunited with either of the two architects of those breakout Rays teams this offseason?

The rumor mill is churning at the winter meetings, and according to a pair of rival executives, the Dodgers and Angels are considered prime landing spots if Price is moved this winter, partly because Price has a personal connection to both teams.

The Dodgers are run by Andrew Friedman, who drafted Price first overall out of Vanderbilt in 2007 while serving as Tampa's executive vice president of baseball operations. Price was one of the foundational pieces of Tampa's rise to prominence on Friedman's watch.

The Angels, meanwhile, just hired Joe Maddon to be their manager. He was Tampa's skipper when Price debuted in 2008 and reached the World Series, and he was still at the helm when the Rays traded Price to the Tigers in 2014.

Both men had strong relationships with Price, according to multiple sources, and would be open to a reunion.

A lot has to happen before Price changes teams, though. The Dodgers and Angels have been aggressive on the starting pitching market, despite losing the Gerrit Cole sweepstakes to the Yankees. The Dodgers have reportedly turned their attention to free-agent lefty Madison Bumgarner, while the Angels must upgrade one of the worst rotations in baseball. No Angels pitcher reached 20 starts last year and the starting ERA of 5.64 ranked last in the AL.

At this point, their interest is simply the stuff of rumors. Price may not be anything more than a fallback for either organization, and a number of solid starters remain unsigned, including Bumgarner, defending NL ERA champ Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers, and former Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel.

If the Angels or Dodgers eventually turn their attention to Price, it wouldn't come as a surprise. Friedman and Maddon oversaw the best seasons of Price's career. He went 82-47 with a 3.18 ERA in parts of seven seasons with the Rays, making four All-Star teams and winning a Cy Young Award.

He has had a tougher go in Boston, but he did exorcise one demon by leading the Red Sox to a World Series in 2018 with a dominant postseason.

Any team acquiring him will have to be comfortable assuming all or most of the three years and $96 million remaining on his contract.

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Tony La Russa hired by Angels after two seasons with Red Sox

Tony La Russa hired by Angels after two seasons with Red Sox

After spending the last two seasons as ex-Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski's assistant, Tony La Russa is headed out west.

The Los Angeles Angels announced Tuesday they've hired La Russa as their Senior Advisor of Baseball Operations.

La Russa's exit from Boston adds to what's been a complete overhaul of the front office following the firing of Dombrowski. Former Tampa Bay Rays Senior VP of Baseball Operations Chaim Bloom was hired last month to replace Dombrowski with the new title of "Chief Baseball Officer."

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