Mattingly to return for Marlins
MIAMI — While Giancarlo Stanton’s destination remains unclear, Don Mattingly will be back with the Miami Marlins next season.
President of baseball operations Michael Hill confirmed Thursday that Mattingly will return for the third season of his four-year contract as manager. The decision had been expected, but the recent sale of the franchise to a group including Derek Jeter had left Mattingly’s future in question.
Hill was less illuminating regarding the status of Stanton. The All-Star right fielder led the major leagues with 59 homers and 132 RBIs, but his salary will rise to $25 million in 2018, which probably makes him too pricey for the revenue-starved Marlins to keep.
“I don’t want to speculate about any of our players or what the future holds for any of our guys,” Hill said. “But he’s a great player. He had a great season. We’re going to look to see what makes sense for this organization moving forward.”
Hill said he talked recently with Stanton but declined to reveal what he said.
Second baseman Dee Gordon, whose salary climbs to $10.8 million next year, is also likely to be shopped.
The only change in the coaching staff was the departure of outfield-baserunning coach Lorenzo Bundy, Hill said.
Thomson to interview
NEW YORK — Longtime Yankees coach Rob Thomson emphasized his ability to speak with players as he became the first person to audition for the New York manager job that opened when Joe Girardi was jettisoned last month.
A 54-year-old Canadian who has been with the Yankees for 28 seasons, Thomson spent a decade as a coach under Girardi. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman cited “connectivity” with players as the reason to part with Girardi.
“I really don’t want to compare myself to Joe. I love Joe,” Thomson said during a media session Thursday, a day after his five-to-six-hour interview. “But I do know this. My strengths are my communication and my trust with the players, and because of that trust we can implement more things into our game, whether it be analytics or sports science, whatever it is. … I’m intense, but I’m still calm and I’m still poised.
He was interviewed Wednesday by Cashman, assistant general managers Jean Afterman and Mike Fishman, vice president of baseball operations Tim Naehring and assistant director of professional scouting Dan Giese.
Thomson’s only previous manager interview was by telephone with Toronto after the 2010 season, when the Blue Jays hired John Farrell. This one was more involved.
Yost hurt in fall
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost broke his pelvis and several ribs during a fall on his property in Georgia.
The team says the 62-year-old manager was working on a deer stand that gave way on Saturday.
Spokesman Mike Swanson said Thursday that Yost underwent surgery at Grady Hospital in Atlanta and was to be transferred to a rehabilitation facility Thursday or Friday. Swanson says Yost will need a wheelchair for a short time.
Nats ink Hale, Lilliquist
WASHINGTON — Former major league skipper Chip Hale will be the bench coach for new Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez, while Derek Lilliquist will be the team’s pitching coach.
Cubs hire 2 coaches
CHICAGO — The Cubs have hired Jim Hickey as their pitching coach and moved Brandon Hyde to bench coach.