News & Notes: Winter league participants, coaches poached, and more

Got a quick news roundup as Game 6 gets started. Go Dodgers, right? Without further ado:

Miguel Andújar will play winter ball and Gary Sánchez could join him

No shock that Andújar will play ball in the Dominican Republic this winter. He’s got just 114 plate appearances dating back to 2019 as a result of shoulder surgery, a pandemic shortened season, and Gio Urshela in his way.

Sánchez might follow in December. Nothing is set in stone there yet. He doesn’t need the workload to make up for lost time like Miggy, but if he does wind up playing, hopefully he can figure out what went wrong in 2020.

Marlins hire Phil Plantier and Tommy Phelps

Derek Jeter’s Miami Marlins keep on bringing members of the Yankees’ organization down south. This time, it’s Phil Plantier and Tommy Phelps, the pitching coach and hitting coach, respectively, of the Triple-A Scranton Railriders.

Phelps had been with the Yankees for 13 years in the minors and was furloughed in September. He’s going to be Miami’s assistant pitching coordinator under Scott Aldred, who was poached from the Bombers a year ago.

Some of Gio Urshela’s success has been credited to Plantier back in 2018 when the Yankees first picked up the third baseman off the scrap heap. It’s not clear

Catcher Wynston Sawyer outrighted to Triple-A

I’m guessing that you didn’t know Sawyer was on the 40-man roster in the first place. The Yankees selected him to the roster back in mid-September, though it’s not completely clear why. He was the team’s fourth-string catcher behind Gary, Kyle Higashioka, and Erik Kratz.

Major league staff getting managerial interviews

Add Carlos Mendoza and Phil Nevin to the list. We learned previously that Marcus Thames was a candidate for the Tigers job, and now, bench coach Carlos Mendoza and third base coach Phil Nevin have gotten interviews with Detroit. Additionally, Mendoza has interviewed for the Red Sox vacancy. The Yankees said they didn’t expect any coaching changes going into 2021, but that may not be in their control.

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1 Comment

  1. MikeD

    The New York Post is reporting that Domingo German will also play for the same team. Makes sense.

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