As the Miami Marlins moved forward in the process to hire a new manager, Cincinnati Reds pitching coach Bryan Price is no longer a candidate for the job.
Price pulled his name from consideration, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Price, who has signed a contract extension with the Reds, interviewed with the Marlins last week.
According to the Miami Herald, the front-runner to replace Ozzie Guillen as Miami manager is Mike Redmond, a former Marlins catcher who has managed two years in the Toronto Blue Jays' farm system. But the newspaper reported that other candidates are yet to be interviewed.
Former major-league manager Larry Bowa has talked with the Marlins about the opening. The Herald said the Marlins wanted to discuss the job with San Diego Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus, but he refused.
---Cleveland right-hander Ubando Jimenez lost a American League-worst 17 games this past season, but the Indians announced Wednesday that they exercised his contract option for 2013.
Meanwhile, the Indians declined to pick up the 2013 club options for designated hitter Travis Hafner and right-hander Roberto Hernandez.
Jimenez, 28, went 9-17 with a 5.40 ERA in 31 starts. His 2013 contract is worth $5.75 million in 2013. He also has an option for 2014 at $8 million.
The injury-plagued Hafner hit .228 this past season and was on the disabled list twice. His club option was $13 million.
Hernandez, previously known as Fausto Carmona, started just three games in 2012 and went 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA. His 2013 contract option was $12 million.
Hafner and Hernandez are eligible for free agency.
---The Baltimores won't pick up the $11 million option yera on first baseman Mark Reynolds' contract but exercised the $1 million option on reliever Luis Ayala's 2013 contract.
The Orioles have until Nov. 30 to offer arbitration to Reynolds before he becomes a free agent, MLB.com reported. Reynolds' 2011 salary was $7.5 million.
The 29-year-old Reynolds, who moved from third base to first this past season, hit .225 with 23 homers, a decline from his 37 homers in 2011.
Ayala, 34, went 5-5 with a 2.64 ERA and one save in 66 regular-season games.
---Right-hander Joakim Soria became a free agent Wednesday after the Kansas City Royals declined his $7.5 million contract option for 2013.
The reliever missed all of the 2012 season after Tommy John elbow surgery.
Soria, 28, was one of the top closers in baseball from 2007 to 2011, posting 160 saves with a 2.40 ERA.
---The Pittsburgh Pirates named Jay Bell as their hitting coach Wednesday.
The team also announced additional coaching moves on manager Clint Hurdle's staff. Rick Sofield will become first-base coach and Dave Jauss a major-league coach. Former first-base coach Luis Silverio moves to senior advisor of Latin American operations.
Bell, 46, is coming home to replace Greg Ritchie in Pittsburgh, where he played from 1989 to 1996 during an 18-year career as a player. The .265 lifetime hitter was working as a hitting coach in the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization.
Sofield, 55, managed the Pirates' Class A affiliate in the South Atlantic League in 2012.
Jauss, 55, was a special assistant to Pirates general manager Neal Huntington this past season. He previously served as a bench coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets.
---The New York Yankees might be in need of a closer after right-hander Rafael Soriano opted out of the final season of his three-year contract Wednesday.
The Yankees are still awaiting word from career saves leader Mariana Rivera, who suffered a season-ending knee injury, on whether he will retire.
Soriano's decision wasn't a surprise. He was expected to test the market as a free agent after he replaced Rivera in May and posted 42 saves in 46 opportunities with a 2.26 ERA.
Soriano was due $14 million next season as part of a three-year, $35 million contract. He will instead receive a $1.5 million buyout.
Rivera, who is a free agent, told the Yankees last week that he hasn't made a decision on whether to return. ESPN.com speculated that it's unlikely the team would attempt to re-sign Soriano if Rivera comes back.
But MLB.com reported that the Yankees could offer Soriano a one-year, $13.3 million contract before the Friday deadline to guarantee that they would receive draft compensation should Soriano go to another team. His agent, Scott Boras, indicated to MLB.com that Soriano would reject a qualifying offer because he is seeking a four-year contract.
Rivera, 43, made $15 million last season.
"I talked to Mariano and he is not sure what he's interested in doing just yet," general manager Brian Cashman said last week, according to MLB.com. "I think in spring training he was intending to retire at the end of the year, so I don't think he knows what he wants to do just yet."