Presley appears close to becoming Orioles hitting coach
In an attempt to promote good health, here are a few tidbits to chew on this Halloween weekend. In other words, put down the miniature Snickers bar and strengthen your mind by digesting some of this information. In case you forgot, that candy was bought for those Kris Medlen-sized figures who will soon be knocking on your door.
- The list of candidates to serve as Fredi Gonzalez’s hitting coach appears to have dwindled. A Major League source said he expects Jim Presley, who handled this same role for Gonzalez in Florida, to soon sign a two-year deal to become Buck Showalter’s hitting coach in Baltimore.
- Matt Diaz has privately told some friends that he’d be willing to avoid arbitration and sign for the same $2.55 million salary he earned this past year. Still it appears, the Braves will likely non-tender him and possibly re-sign him if he’s willing to play for somewhere in the neighborhood of $1-1.5 million this year. With this being said, I won’t be surprised to see Diaz end up in Philadelphia with his good friend and offseason neighbor Charlie Manuel.
- Derrek Lee, Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito have all been classified as Type A free agents. With Wagner and Saito both possibly contemplating retirement, their status likely won’t affect Frank Wren’s offseason decisions. But if other teams show strong interest in Lee, the Braves would be able to more comfortably offer him arbitration without the fear that he would accept and gain a salary of more than $13 million for the 2011 season.