Sources: 5 ex­ter­nal can­di­dates vet­ted

3 played for Rangers in 2005; Waka­matsu, Tin­gler also con­sid­ered

The Dallas Morning News - - Sportsday - By EVAN GRANT Staff Writer egrant@dal­las­

Two sources con­firmed the team has done due dili­gence on at least five ex­ter­nal can­di­dates, in­clud­ing ex-rangers Sandy Alo­mar Jr., Mark Derosa and Rod Bara­jas.

The Rangers have yet to fi­nal­ize their list of in­ter­views for their va­cant man­age­rial spot, but have done sig­nif­i­cant due dili­gence on at least five ex­ter­nal can­di­dates, two sources con­firmed Wed­nes­day.

The Rangers are also giv­ing strong con­sid­er­a­tion to in­ter­nal can­di­dates Don Waka­matsu, who fin­ished the sea­son as the in­terim man­ager, and as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager Jayce Tin­gler, who fin­ished the sea­son as the bench coach, the sources con­firmed.

From out­side the or­ga­ni­za­tion, the Rangers have dis­cussed two coaches for teams still in the play­offs, Los An­ge­les Dodgers’ third base coach Chris Wood­ward and Hous­ton bench coach Joe Es­pada. Three oth­ers all played for the Rangers and were team­mates in 2005: Cleve­land first base coach Sandy Alo­mar Jr., MLB Net­work an­a­lyst Mark Derosa and El Paso (Triple A) man­ager Rod Bara­jas (San Diego or­ga­ni­za­tion).

Of the ex­ter­nal can­di­dates, four are in their early 40s with Alo­mar, at 53, be­ing the old­est. Four also had le­git­i­mate MLB play­ing ca­reers with Es­pada, who only reached Triple-a, the ex­cep­tion. Es­pada, Alo­mar, Bara­jas and Tin­gler, who spent three sea­sons man­ag­ing the Rangers com­plex and prospect teams in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, are all flu­ent in Span­ish, which could be a key el­e­ment in the de­sire for im­proved com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Gen­eral man­ager Jon Daniels has not com­mented on the man­age­rial hir­ing process since an end-of-the-sea­son news con­fer­ence early last week.

“We’re look­ing for some­one who will help us cre­ate an environment where peo­ple thrive in what they do,” Daniels said at the news con­fer­ence. “This job is man­ag­ing peo­ple, per­son­al­i­ties, egos, de­vel­op­ing re­la­tion­ships to where you can get through to them on a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent lev­els.

“Some of the ques­tions that [me­dia] have raised a lit­tle bit are, ‘Are you look­ing for some­body older? Some­body younger? More an­a­lyt­i­cally driven? More tra­di­tional de­vel­op­ment­driven?” he added. “I don’t think there is a cut-and-dry an­swer to that.”

■ Wood­ward, 42, played 12 years in the ma­jors, mostly as a role-play­ing in­fielder. He spent a sea­son as the Seat­tle Mariners’ mi­nor league in­field co­or­di­na­tor, an­other as the Mariners’ in­field in­struc­tor and has been the Dodgers third base coach for the last three sea­sons.

■ Es­pada, 43, has spent more than a decade as a coach, work­ing his way up from be­ing a mi­nor league hit­ting in­struc­tor to stints as the third base coach with both the Mi­ami Mar­lins and New York Yankees. When Alex Cora moved from be­ing Hous­ton’s bench coach to Bos­ton’s man­ager af­ter last sea­son, Es­pada re­placed Cora with the Astros.

■ Bara­jas, 43, spent 2004-06 with the Rangers dur­ing a ma­jor league ca­reer that spanned parts of 13 sea­sons. He has spent the last three sea­sons man­ag­ing San Diego’s Triple-a club in El Paso.

■ Alo­mar, 53, was Bara­jas’ pri­mary backup with the Rangers in 2005 to­ward the end of a 20-year play­ing ca­reer. He has a decade of coach­ing work in the mi­nors and ma­jors, the ma­jor­ity of it with Cleve­land. He spent two sea­sons as Cleve­land’s bench coach but moved to first base af­ter 2013.

■ Derosa, 43, is the only can­di­date who has not spent time in ei­ther a front of­fice or coach­ing role. He re­tired as a player af­ter 2013 and im­me­di­ately joined MLB Net­work. He in­ter­viewed for the New York Mets’ man­age­rial job last year.

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