According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Pirates have “increased efforts” to hire Clint Hurdle as manager.
One source tells Rosenthal that the process is “moving forward at a rapid pace.”
Hurdle, of course, is also a candidate for the Mets’ managerial vacancy. He is considered a favorite for the job along with Terry Collins and Bob Melvin and is expected to get a second interview with new general manager Sandy Alderson in Orlando next week.
Faced with the possibility that they could lose their top candidate to another team, the most likely scenario is that the Pirates told Hurdle that he can have the job if he wants it. Otherwise they’ll just move on.
Hurdle compiled a 534-625 record (.461) over parts of eight seasons as manager of the Rockies, including an unlikely World Series run in 2007. He just finished his first season as hitting coach with the Rangers.