5. Brad Mills
It can’t be long until Terry Francona’s right-hand man gets another shot at managing, right?
Brad Mills got dealt a tough hand managing a bad Houston Astros club earlier in the decade as he leading the Astros during their first-ever 100-loss season. He has a career record of 171-274, but there’s no doubt, he’s had to have rebuilt his reputation in Cleveland.
Mills filled in Francona for five games when Tito suffered health issues during the 2017 season and he even managed the 2017 All-Star game in place of Francona.
Mills’ connection to the Blue Jays, like everyone else here, is through Shapiro and Atkins. Shapiro was president of the Indians when Francona brought “Millsy” over to the Tribe to be his bench coach.
Mills’ is a baseball lifer who Toronto brass is familiar with.
With that said, they kind of already have someone in their organization who fits that profile in Wedge.
Odds: At 61, is this the job Mills wants? Toronto won’t be good for a few seasons and then they’ll still have the Yankees and Red Sox to compete with. With that said, there’s not that many of these jobs available and you know Mills would love to have another crack at it.