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Report: Rangers Have Done Background Work On At Least 7 Managerial Candidates

October 11, 2018 - 12:46 pm

ARLINGTON (105.3 The Fan) - The Texas Rangers are doing their homework on seven candidates for their managerial vacancy, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports

Among those the Rangers are doing extensive due diligence on include five external candidates and two internal candidates, sources told Grant. 

The two internal candidates that are receiving "strong consideration" from the Rangers are Don Wakamatsu, who took over for Jeff Banister when the club fired him with a week to go in the season, and assistant general manager Jayce Tingler, who finished the year as the club's bench coach. 

The five external candidates include Cleveland Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., MLB Network analyst Mark DeRosa, El Paso (Triple A) manager Rod Barajas, Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward and Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada.

While Grant cautions that the club has yet to finalize their list of interviews, most of the names he lists have been linked to the opening this off-season. There are some interesting names, however, as both Barajas (former Rangers catcher) and Espada have yet to be connected to the job. 

DeRosa almost landed the New York Mets job this past season and is one of former Ranger Michael Young's closest friends. Young reportedly isn't interested in the job, per Grant. 

At his end of season press conference, general manager Jon Daniels said the club would interview 5-8 candidates for the job, which is something he reiterated in an interview with the Ben and Skin Show on 105.3 The Fan, recently. 

Daniels was also asked if they were considering any unconventional candidates, just like the New York Yankees did when they hired manager Aaron Boone out of the broadcast booth this past season. 

"We talk to people on other teams. We talk to our own guys and ask 'who have you come across that's been really impressive?' We talk to players and ask them 'who's the best coach you've ever been around,'" Daniels said. "We also look back at guys that have recently managed and have been out of that role for a little bit. So many of the most successful managers in the game are on their second or third jobs. ... Guys have learned from past experiences. There are some guys on the initial list that are in the broadcasting world. We're trying to exhaust everything and not rule anything out."