Phillies Reportedly Interested in Mike Redmond for Manager
The Colorado Rockies, armed with new manager Bud Black improved themselves from a third place, 12-games-under-.500 finish to win one of the two National League wild cards in 2017. Black's bench coach for the 2017 Rockies was Mike Redmond, former major league catcher and former Marlins manager. Therefore it is no surprise that the Phillies might be interested in in Redmond for their managerial vacancy.
Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports is reporting that both the Phillies and the Detroit Tigers are interested in purusing Redmond for their openings.
Redmond managed the Miami Marlins from 2014 through 38 games in 2015. Redmond got the axe in 2015 after the Marlins got off to a 16-22 start. But Redmond did not appear to be the problem after all, as general manager Dan Jennings ended up going downstairs and managing the Marlins for the rest of the season and finishing 74-88 on the season.
One interesting consideration here is what type of relationship Redmond may have with Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton. The Phillies have repeatedly been said to have been calling the Marlins about their slugging right fielder. Since the Marlins plan to slash payroll for 2018, the team could make their star available. If so, the Phillies appear to want in.
But Stanton must approve any trade, thanks to a no-trade clause he negotiated into his 13-year, $325 million contract. It is kind of hard to get a sense from published reports what Stanton's relationship was like with his former manager. But if the relationship was good, it certainly would not hurt he Phillies' chances in acquiring Stanton.
Redmond won a World Series ring in 2003 with the Marlins, has managerial experience and now has the opportunity to study under Black. It is easy to find find managers in baseball now who have struggled in their earlier managerial jobs and now manage perennial contenders (consider Terry Francona with the Phillies, A.J. Hinch with the Diamondbacks and John Farrell with the Toronto Blue Jays). Redmond might be ready for his next challenge.
If the Phillies are interested in Redmond, they may have to face competiton from the Tigers. Tigers general manager Al Avila served in the Florida Marlins organization when Redmond was a player before following Marlins general manager Dave Dombrowski to the Detroit Tigers. Avila probably knows first-hand what Redmond can offer and he may be a serious candidate to manage the Tigers.