Riggleman, Bell and misc.
*Besides Bryan Price, two of the other names most mentioned for the Reds managerial opening have been Jim Riggleman and David Bell. I will have a full story soon up on MLB.com/Reds.com, but neither have been contacted as of yet by Cincinnati.
UPDATE: click here for the full story
Bell declined to comment because he remains under contract with the Cubs as third base coach through the end of October. Riggleman, of course, is an internal candidate already mentioned by GM Walt Jocketty.
“If I am on the list, it would be flattering in itself. I would look forward to talking to them,” Riggleman said on Tuesday.
Price told me on Monday he was contacted by the Reds and is interested in the job. But he declined further comment.
*In a story that posted on Monday, I provided an outlook towards 2014 and included the list of potential free agents and arbitration eligibles.
Free agents: OF Shin-Soo Choo; RHP Bronson Arroyo; LHP Zach Duke ; INF Cesar Izturis ; LHP Manny Parra ; RHP Nick Masset
Arbitration eligible: RHP Homer Bailey (third year), LHP Aroldis Chapman (first year) C Ryan Hanigan (third year) OF Chris Heisey (second year), RHP Mike Leake (second year), RHP Sam LeCure (first year); C Corky Miller (first year); OF Xavier Paul (first year); RHP Alfredo Simon (second year).
*Other teams are also searching for a manager, including the Cubs. Click here for a story on two of their candidates — Manny Acta and Rick Renteria.
*Former 2007 Reds interim manager Pete Mackanin is returning to the Phillies as a third base coach under manager Ryne Sandberg. Mackanin spent 2013 as a scout for the Yankees after he was let go from Charlie Manuel’s coaching staff after the 2012 season. Former Phillies skipper Larry Bowa will be the team’s new bench coach.