After parting ways with Jeff Banister late in the season, the Rangers are working to decide who’ll lead their dugout in 2019. Interim manager Don Wakamatsu is expected to be one of the candidates, though he had only a brief window in which to impress GM Jon Daniels and company.
As we have done with other openings of this kind, we’ll use this post to track the early developments in the hiring process in Texas.
Expected to Interview
- In addition to Wakamatsu, current Rangers assistant GM Jayce Tingler is seen as a candidate for the position, per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., a long-time MLB backstop who has come up frequently in past managerial searches, is also expected to get a look, according to Wilson.
- Wilson also notes that the Rangers could sit down with Astros bench coach Joe Espada, who took over that post from Alex Cora when he departed to take the helm of the Red Sox dugout last offseason. Of course, the Houston organization is currently squared off with Boston in the ALCS, so chatting with Espada may require some careful scheduling. The Angels are also interested in interviewing Espada.
- Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News also lists Wakamatsu, Tingler, Alomar and Espada as candidates, and he adds three more names to the pile: Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward, Padres Triple-A manager (and former Rangers catcher) Rod Barajas, and MLB Network analyst Mark DeRosa (also a former Ranger). The Rangers “have done significant due diligence” on each of Alomar, Espada, Woodward, Barajas and DeRosa, per Grant, though it’s not yet clear which of that bunch will sit down with the organization for a formal interview.
- Prior indications are that long-time Rangers second bagger Michael Young would be a strong candidate if he had interest in the position. To this point, though, there’s no indication that he does. As noted in that link and in another recent MLBTR post, a whole host of other names have been floated as possibilities. To this point, though, only those listed above have emerged as clear candidates. And for those who are wondering, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan wrote in a recent Rangers Inbox column that Adrian Beltre “has expressed zero interest in managing.”