DeShields to manage Louisville
Good Monday afternoon —
A few things to get the week started.
*Delino DeShields was officially named manager at Triple-A Louisville. DeShields, who managed Double-A Pensacola last season, replaced Jim Riggleman after he was promoted to be the Reds third base coach. Pitching coach Ted Power and hitting coach Tony Jaramillo are returning to Louisville as well.
*At Class A Dayton, Jose Nieves will be back for his third season as manager. Luis Bolivar is returning for his second year as the Dragons hitting coach and former Reds pitcher Tom Browning has rejoined the affiliate as pitching coach after he served in that role for Dayton in 2012. Browning was at Billings in 2013 and High-A Bakersfield in 2014.
*At the Reds’ new high Class-A affiliate in Daytona, Eli Marrero was named manager with Tony Fossas as pitching coach and Kevin Mahar as the hitting coach.
*UPDATED: At Pensacola, veteran Minor League skipper Pat Kelly was named as DeShields’ replacement as manager. Kelly, 59, managed last season at high Class-A Bakersfield and has served the organization since 2006 at a variety of levels. Alex Pelaez and Jeff Fassero will return as the team’s hitting and pitching coaches, respectively.
*According to reports out of the Dominican Republic, free agent OF Nelson Cruz agreed to a four-year, $57 million contract with the Mariners. What does that mean to the Reds? Well, they certainly weren’t in the running for Cruz but Seattle becomes one less team seeking a left fielder. That could possibly help the Reds if the trade market shifts in terms of their pursuits of the likes of Justin Upton or Yoenis Cespedes.
*Also — a reliever I thought my fit for the Reds is off the market. RHP Jason Frasor was re-signed by the Royals over the weekend to a one-year, $1.8 million contract with a mutual option for 2016.