We have a newsy early morning around MLB today, as on the off day between Game 2 and Game 3 of the World Series, a pair of moves are being reported involving non-player personnel.
First, in Miami, the Marlins have reportedly agreed to a four year deal to have Don Mattingly be their new manager. Mattingly had been managing the Dodgers until last week, when he and the team parted ways, and the Marlins seemed like a natural fit for Mattingly, given Jeff Loria's historical attraction to former Yankees and tendency to be drawn to big names.
Secondly, Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is reportedly leaving the team. His contract is up, and with the Jays bringing in Mark Shapiro from the Indians to be the team president, it appears that Anthopoulos would rather try his luck elsewhere after negotiations for him to stay were unsuccessful. Anthopoulos had been the g.m. since the end of the 2009 season, and had a reputation for making solid moves that couldn't get the Jays over the hump in the tough A.L. East until this season, when Toronto won their division. There's a report out there, however, that indicates that Shapiro scolded the baseball folks in Toronto for trading away too many prospects in their push to win the East this year, and one has to wonder if that didn't have an impact on Anthopoulos's decision.