According to several Major League Baseball sources, the Toronto Blue Jays are very close to naming their 15th manager in franchise history to replace the departed John Farrell.
Farrell was traded to the Boston Red Sox nearly one month ago and since then the Blue Jays have been focusing on bolstering their roster first and now have narrowed their choice of a new skipper down to just two candidates now. Those two choices are former Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy and former Washington Nationals skipper Jim Riggleman.
Last season, while with the Rockies, Tracy guided them to a 64-98 record which was the worst mark in their 20 year existence. Throughout Tracy’s 11-year managerial career, he has posted a 856-880 in 1,736 games and was named the 2009 NL Manager of the Year in his first season in Colorado. Tracy was also manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2001-2005 and the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2006-2007. Tracy resigned as the Rockies manager following his terrible season last year.
Riggleman has managed four different teams throughout his 12-year managerial career which includes a record of 662-824 in 1,486 total games. Those teams are the San Diego Padres (1992-1994), Chicago Cubs (1995-1999), Seattle Mariners (2008) and Nationals (2009-2011). In June of 2011, Riggleman quit his job as the Nats skipper due to Washington general manager rufsing to discuss a contract extension with him. After his departure from Washington, Riggleman began to manage the Cincinnati Reds double A ball club, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
Which ever candidate the Jays chose to go with, he will have several new players on their roster if the trade with the Miami Marlins which is currently under review by the MLB offices gets approved that should land Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Emilio Bonafacio plus Toronto making a move and signing free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.
The Blue Jays are expected to make their final decision some time in the upcoming week.