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Jets' search for new GM begins

Jets' search for new GM begins

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Jets have begun their search for Mike Tannenbaum's replacement.

David Caldwell, Atlanta's director of player personnel, was scheduled to meet with the Jets on Friday, while Tom Gamble, San Francisco's director of player personnel was set to sit down with the team Saturday, according to published reports.

Former Cleveland GM Tom Heckert canceled a scheduled interview with the Jets, the New York Post reported Friday night.

Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross, Green Bay director of football operations John Dorsey and Jets assistant GM Scott Cohen also have been mentioned as candidates.

The team hasn't commented on individual candidates or the interview process.

Tannenbaum was fired Monday, following a 6-10 finish, after seven seasons as the team's general manager. In a statement Monday, owner Woody Johnson said the team hired Jed Hughes of the search firm Korn/Ferry International to find the best candidates.

``Like all Jets fans, I am disappointed with this year's results,'' Johnson said in the statement. ``However, I am confident that this change will best position our team for greater success going forward.''

While Johnson fired Tannenbaum, who had been with the organization for 15 years, he chose to keep coach Rex Ryan. ESPNNewYork.com reported Friday that the team, according to sources, is telling candidates they must be willing to work with Ryan for at least next season.

``It's an interesting situation because you usually don't see it done that way where just the GM is fired,'' defensive lineman Mike DeVito said in an interview WFAN radio. ``But Rex is a great coach, he really is.''

Ryan, who has two years remaining on his contract, will address the media next Tuesday, along with Johnson, for the first time since the season ended. Ryan is vacationing in the Bahamas, where his tattoo of wife, Michelle, wearing a No. 6 Jets jersey - Mark Sanchez's jersey number - became an Internet sensation after the Daily News ran a front-page photo Friday.

The rest of the Jets' coaches also are away from the facility until next Monday. Despite rampant speculation, the team hasn't made a decision on the fate of offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, whose offense finished 30th overall in his first season with New York. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine turned down a contract extension early in the season, and special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff retired after the season finale, so there could be several changes to Ryan's staff.

The new general manager might also have some say on who stays or goes - but will have to be able to work with Ryan.

Caldwell was hired in 2008 by Atlanta as the team's director of college scouting, and promoted to his current role before this past season. Along with the others high on the Jets' list, Caldwell is being considered by several other teams for GM vacancies.

Gamble, the son of former Philadelphia Eagles President Harry Gamble, has spent the last seven years helping rebuild the 49ers into one of the NFL's top teams.

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Report: Dodgers are interested in Anthony Rendon in free agency

Report: Dodgers are interested in Anthony Rendon in free agency

Surprise, surprise. The Dodgers are interested in bidding for one of the Nationals top free agents once again.

This time, they are reportedly in on pursuing Anthony Rendon this offseason, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman

If you're thinking 'why would the Dodgers pursue another third baseman when they already have All-Star Justin Turner?' Heyman also reports that Turner has offered to change his position if necessary to bring in Rendon. 

ESPN's Buster Olney joined the Nationals Talk podcast earlier in September and thought that L.A. would make perfect sense for Rendon. 

"They are, to me, a team to watch cause Rendon is exactly the type of player that Andrew Freeman, their head of baseball ops there, values in on-base percentage and being a well-rounded hitter and being such a serious professional," Olney said. "Keep in mind, Justin Turner's got only one year left on his deal so Rendon could be the next third baseman." 

A lot about Rendon's destination and needs are unknown during this offseason. The third baseman is relatively brief with the media and a down-to-Earth type of player that does not strive for pomp and circumstance surrounding him. 

Earlier this season, the Nationals reportedly offered Rendon a seven-year, $210-$215 million deal. Roughly that is a $30 million average annual value, around the value Manny Machado got with the Padres a year ago. Machado's contract is second for third basemen, only behind's Nolan Arenado's eight-year, $260 million.

Last offseason the Dodgers were heavily invested in trying to lure Bryce Harper to L.A with a short-term deal. Clearly, they were unsuccessful. 

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Scott Boras addresses the futures of Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg at annual GM meetings

Scott Boras addresses the futures of Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg at annual GM meetings

Two of the Nationals biggest stars from their 2019 World Series run, Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg, are now on the free-agent market and happen to have the same agent. That would be Scott Boras, who has dozens of clients, including former Nationals' outfielder Bryce Harper, and is known for getting them large contracts.

At Major League Baseball's annual general manager meetings in San Diego, California, Boras spoke to a crowd of reporters, addressing both player's futures in Washington.

"Any player that wins a world championship enjoyed where they played, what they did," Boras said. "These guys were truly in the oceans of the playoffs. Strasburg sank many championships."

"Rendon was a star in the playoffs, had an MVP type season," he continued. "Those environments there are great for him. He's built a throne there."

Boras mentioned that when going through the free agency process, it's important to address the comfortability that the player had with his previous organization.

"You look at them and say, 'are they comfortable there?'" Boras said.

Boras gave credit to Washington, emphasizing their drive to win and the winning culture they have built in the nation's capital.

"The ownership there is a place where players win at," Boras said on the Nationals. "They've been committed to winning, and it certainly creates a viable spot for all of them."

While Boras is saying everything Nationals fans want to hear, many of them will be on edge until either Rendon, Strasburg, or both commit long-term to the organization again. Otherwise, this 2019 World Series team will just be a flash.

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