While a newspaper report in the Chicago area suggested the White Sox had or would contact Mark Grace about their managerial vacancy, the Sox have not sought permission from the Diamondbacks to talk with Grace.
Although Grace announced his retirement, effective when the season ended, he is technically under contract with Arizona. (The D-Backs will not pick up Grace's 2004 option, which earns him a $250,000 buyout and eventually makes him a free agent).
Grace — who said Thursday he was still deciding between becoming a broadcaster or minor league manager for the Diamondbacks — and agent Barry Axelrod were not available for comment Friday.
Barry Rozner, a respected columnist with the Daily Herald, opined that hiring Grace “makes perfect sense” for the White Sox and wrote that, “From what we hear, a conversation between the Sox and Grace already may have taken place, or might shortly, for whatever that's worth.”
Grace spent the first 13 years of his career with the rival Cubs.
Also, the Diamondbacks took left-hander Dennys Reyes off their 40-man roster but, possibly in need of lefty relievers, kept open the possibility of his return in spring training.
Reyes, who started the year with Pittsburgh, made three appearances for Arizona after spending much of the summer with Class AAA Tucson. Reyes became a minor-league free agent when he refused an outright assignment and thus could return to the the organization on a non-roster contract.