Roundup: All-Star Break bound
On the final day of the first half of the season, many managers and GM’s had their eyes on the second half and who might help them get to October. Even teams that are decidely out of the hunt made changes heading into the All-Star break on Sunday.
Here’s a rundown from around the league:
– The Astros fall into the latter catagory here and a dismal first half at the plate led to a reassignment for hitting coach Sean Berry. Houston replaced him with one of their own, former Astros great Jeff Bagwell. The longtime first baseman is very well regarded in the organization and could bring a breath of fresh air to the club.
– The Orioles haven’t made an official offer to Buck Showalter as of yet, Dan Connelly of the Baltimore Sun reported on Sunday. Interim manager Juan Samuel will still manage the team out of the gate in the second half, but it could only be a matter of time before Showalter gets the offer, according to Connelly.
– There’s been talk around the league in recent days about the Brewers trying to move some pieces of their lineup, such as Corey Hart and possibly even Prince Fielder. But owner Mark Attanasio told the LA Times that he isn’t sure he’s ready for the team to become a seller, because he thinks they could contend next year, if not this season.
– The streaking White Sox, who recently lost starter Jake Peavy for the long haul, were reportedly in on the Cliff Lee sweepstakes and GM Ken Williams nearly swung a deal for Lee, according to a tweet from SI.com’s Jon Heyman on Sunday. The Sox are still looking around, as there are plenty of other options on the market from Arizona’s Dan Haren to Houston’s Roy Oswalt.
— Bailey Stephens