Another managerial opening is down, with the Texas Rangers going big: it’s 25-year skipper Bruce Bochy.
Bochy, 67, is perhaps best known for his run with the San Francisco Giants that featured three World Series wins in 2010, 2012, and 2014. He’s a big swing for a Rangers club that had kinda started the process of cleaning house.
To that point … this hiring suggests two things to me. One, Chris Young really is going to be the top baseball decision-maker in the organization for now (he was already the GM when president Jon Daniels was fired), so perhaps no major poaching coming. Two, if the Rangers are hiring Bochy – and convinced him to sign on – they are clearly going to spend again this offseason. They spent big last year, obviously, but it produced just 68 (or 6 fewer than the Cubs). So if they are loading up with Bochy, they clearly want to AGGRESSIVELY turn the page.
In other words, you can expect the Rangers to be a significant competitor out there on top free agents, probably particularly rotation arms. So that’s not great.
The White Sox, Royals, and Marlins are the teams remaining without a manager.