Don Mattingly, who interviewed for the Yankees' job yesterday, said he's been making managerial moves in his head for years. I wonder if he ever imagined himself getting fired, because he won't last more than 1 1/2 seasons if he's hired.
Joe Torre was given a lot of rope. I can't see Mattingly getting that kind of slack.
Joe Jordan, the Orioles' director of scouting, recently watched fifth-round draft pick Jacob Arrieta pitch in the Arizona Fall League.
"We've seen a good curveball, slider, changeup. We've seen him really pitch," Jordan told me last night.
"He's got a workhorse body, an Andy Benes type of guy. I was really encouraged by what I saw. It was similar to what I saw his sophomore year at TCU. Delivery-wise, it looks like he's got some things ironed out. He's very confident. Facing wooden bats, he's a different guy. He really attacks with the fastball. He commands the fastball on both sides of the plate really well - 93, 94 mph."
Arrieta's stock dropped a little after his junior season, though he went 9-3 with a 3.01 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 98 2/3 innings. That didn't quite compare to the previous year, when he was 14-4 with a 2.35 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 111 innings, and was named Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Year. But he hardly was a bust.
Signability issues also caused him to tumble to the fifth round. The Orioles regarded him as a first-round talent in the spring. They were going to grab him in the fourth, but didn't want to risk losing pitcher Timothy Bascom. They ended up with both of them.