Buck Showalter is squarely in the mix for the Angels’ managing job. He finished second to Joe Maddon a few years back, and may be a favorite this time.
If Showalter gets the Angels’ job it’ll be his record-tying sixth managing job. Jimmy Dykes managed six teams, while Joe Torre, Billy Martin, Davey Johnson and Lou Piniella are among many who managed five.
Angels coach Benji Gil is a likely candidate, and former Angels stars Torii Hunter, Darin Erstad and Tim Salmon, plus Dodgers coach Dino Ebel may be considered.
In-house candidates Ryan Flaherty and Mike Schildt are favorites for the Padres job. Some would be surprised to see the Padres go for a first-timer considering their star-studded team, but Flaherty is beloved by their players. Schildt managed well in St. Louis.
Joe Espada and Omar Lopez are among in-house candidates for the Astros managing job. Brad Ausmus, who was runner-up to Dusty Baker (and also to Dana Brown for GM), is expected to be a candidate.
There’s no way Craig Counsell is taking the year off after his free-agency tour that should make him MLB’s highest-paid manager.
It’s quiet surrounding Marlins GM job. Chaim Bloom and James Click are logical fits but some wonder if that may be a hard job to fill.
Torey Lovullo should be in line for an extension after the D-backs’ shocking run to the World Series. He’s contracted only through 2024.
With four World Series title, Bruce Bochy is not only a future Hall of Famer but must rank with the greatest managers ever.
If Piniella doesn’t get the Hall call from the veterans committee — he was one vote short last time — Jim Leyland would make a good choice.