Terry Francona may be in line to replace Mike Scioscia as manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim . . . if Jim Bowden is to be believed.
According to the Toronto Sun, Bowden -- the former general manager of the Reds and Nationals -- said on ESPN Radio that the firing of hitting coach Mickey Hatcher was a message to Scioscia, who has managed the Angels since 2000, that his job isn't secure. The team won the World Series under Scioscia in 2002, and took five A.L. West titles in the six seasons from 2004-09. But the Angels missed the playoffs in the last two seasons and, despite the high-price acquisitions of free agents Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson this past offseason, has stumbled to a 17-21 start this year.
"The bullet-proof vest of Mike Scioscia is off," Bowden said, "and if this team doesn't turn it around by August don't be surprised if Terry Francona . . . is managing the Angels."
Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.
Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.
In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.