Yankees face busy offseason...Still no decision on Snitker ... Barraclough is headed to Washington
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Yankees begin an offseason that’s sure to bring a few changes. CC Sabathia, Brett Gardner, David Robertson and J.A. Happ can become free agents, and New York could be major a player in an anticipated free agent market that will likely include Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, Patrick Corbin, Dallas Keuchel and possibly even Clayton Kershaw.
ATLANTA (AP) — Braves manager Brian Snitker expects to find out this week whether general manager Alex Anthopolous will bring him back. Snitker is not yet under contract for 2019, though there’s nothing to indicate he won’t return for his third full year at the helm, especially after a season that makes him one of the leading candidates for NL manager of the year. Still, Anthopolous met with Snitker and the coaching staff yesterday and didn’t make any promises.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals are in need of relievers after jettisoning Shawn Kelley and Brandon Kintzler late this season. Already, general manager Mike Rizzo has picked up a righty, Kyle Barraclough, from Miami in their first offseason move to rebuild the bullpen. The Marlins received $1 million in international slot allotment as part of the deal. Barraclough went 1-6 with 4.20 ERA and 10 saves in 17 chances, with 61 appearances this year.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers briefly returned to the team’s facility today, and coach Todd Bowles says there’s a “small chance” he coaches against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Rodgers is dealing with what Bowles characterized last week as a “serious” illness. But Bowles now appears more upbeat, saying Rodgers is feeling better. Rodgers underwent some tests and will receive results next week.
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen and three-time major champion Jan Stephenson are among five people selected for induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame. A 16-member panel also selected retired Augusta National chairman Billy Payne, LPGA charter member and renowned teacher Peggy Kirk Bell and Dennis Walters, who’s been inspiring golfers through clinics despite being paralyzed from the chest down since he was 24.