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Brewers select Roenicke

Associated Press / November 3, 2010

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The Brewers hired Angels bench coach Ron Roenicke to be their new manager, a person with knowledge of the situation told the AP yesterday.

The person requested anonymity because the team had not yet announced the move. An announcement could come this week.

The 54-year-old Roenicke has been a member of the Angels’ coaching staff for the past 11 seasons, including the past five as bench coach. He was seen as a long shot candidate in the Brewers’ search to replace Ken Macha, who was fired after two disappointing seasons.

The Chicago Sun-Times first reported the hiring.

Other reported candidates for the Brewers’ job were White Sox bench coach Joey Cora, former Mets manager Bobby Valentine, and former Mariners and Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin.

Roenicke has never been a full-time major league manager, but has subbed for Mike Scioscia on occasion when the Angels manager was away from the team.

In other Brewers news, the team declined their $7.5 million mutual option on Trevor Hoffman. The career saves leader with 601, Hoffman will receive a $750,000 buyout.

Marlins keep Rodriguez
A person familiar with the Marlins’ managerial search said Edwin Rodriguez will keep the job next season. The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the Marlins weren’t planning an announcement until today.

The team’s decision was first reported by the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Rodriguez became the first Puerto Rican manager in the major leagues when he took over as interim manager June 23 after Fredi Gonzalez was fired. Gonzalez was hired last month to replace the retiring Bobby Cox as manager of the Atlanta Braves.

Yankees target Lee
The Yankees completed two days of meetings and are prepared to pursue lefthander Cliff Lee, the top available pitcher on the free agent market.

In the team’s first offseason following the death of owner George Steinbrenner, New York has said its top priorities are re-signing Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and Andy Pettitte, who all became free agents yesterday.

The Yankees’ No. 1 priority from outside the organization is Lee, an official familiar with the meetings said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcements were made.

Gonzalez still a Padre
The Padres exercised their $5.9 million option on All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez for 2011. Next season is the final year of Gonzalez’s team-friendly $9.5 million, four-year contract. Padres general manager Jed Hoyer said at the end of last season that if Gonzalez wants Mark Teixeira or Ryan Howard money, “that’s not something we’re going to be able to do.’’ . . . The Braves exercised their 2011 options on infielders Alex Gonzalez and Omar Infante ($2.5 million each) and reached a one-year, $750,000 deal with righthander Scott Proctor. The team also declined options on outfielder Rick Ankiel ($6 million) and righthander Kyle Farnsworth ($5.25 million) . . . The Diamondbacks declined to exercise a $7.5 million club option on Adam LaRoche, who will receive a $1.5 million buyout . . . The Tigers opted not to pick up shortstop Jhonny Peralta’s $7.25 million option. He will instead receive a $250,000 buyout . . . Orioles lefthander Mark Hendrickson will receive a $200,000 buyout after the team declined his $1.2 million option . . . Veteran infielder Omar Vizquel, an 11-time Gold Glove winner, agreed to a one-year $1.75 million pact with the White Sox . . . J.P. Ricciardi has been hired as a special assistant to Mets general manager Sandy Alderson. Ricciardi was GM of the Blue Jays from 2001-09 . . . Authorities say former major leaguer Elijah Dukes has been jailed in Tampa on charges related to allegedly failing to pay child support. Dukes appeared in 280 games over three seasons for the Rays and Nationals, who released him before the 2010 season. He batted .242 with 31 homers and 123 RBIs during his career . . . Television ratings for this year’s World Series equaled the lowest ever. The Giants’ five-game victory over the Rangers averaged an 8.4 rating and 14 share. That matches the record low of the 2008 Phillies-Rays Series, which also went five games. The Giants’ 3-1 win Monday night on Fox earned an 8.8/14. Game 5 drew 15 million viewers to beat “Monday Night Football.’’ The Colts’ 30-17 victory over the Texans on ESPN had 11.9 million viewers.

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