Monday, November 11, 2013

Amaro laughs when asked about acquiring Giancarlo Stanton

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
@Philabaseball

Ruben Amaro Jr. arrived in Orlando on Monday for baseball's annual general manager and owners meetings.

Ruben Amaro Jr.Soon after checking into his suite at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes he met a handful of reporters for a quick conversation when Miami Marlins general manager Dan Jennings walked by. Amaro briefly excused himself and the two exchanged pleasantries.

When Amaro returned to his conversation with reporters he playfully was asked if he was hoping to speak to Jennings at some point about slugger Giancarlo Stanton. 

"Not gonna happen," Amaro said with a laugh. "Not gonna happen."

Amaro does, however, hope to find a new pitching coach this week. He said the club made two offers over the past several weeks, but neither panned out. According to several sources, Jim Benedict and Roger McDowell both turned down offers to join Ryne Sandberg's staff.

"For whatever reason, they decided to go in another direction," Amaro said.

In addition to finding a pitching coach, Amaro hopes to spend the week exploring his options behind the plate. Resigning Carlos Ruiz is a possibility, but the organization does not appear to be willing to wait on a decision with so many other viable catchers on the free-agent market.

"We have a time limit," Amaro said. "If Carlos isn't our catcher than someone else has to catch for us."

- Patrick Gordon is Managing Editor of the Philadelphia Baseball Review.  Follow him on Twitter @Philabaseball.

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