Hitting coach Dave Magadan has left the Red Sox to take the same job with the Rangers, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.
Magadan served as Boston’s hitting coach since 2007 and Bradford reports that he was also in talks with the Pirates, Mariners, and Indians before deciding to replace Scott Coolbaugh on the Rangers’ staff.
Texas is obviously a good place for a hitting coach, as the Rangers combine lots of offensive talent with a ballpark that boosts power numbers. Of course, this season the Rangers led MLB in runs scored and apparently still felt the need to replace Coolbaugh, so it’s also a job with some pretty lofty expectations.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Nationals will ask to speak with Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora after the American League Championship Series concludes on Saturday. This comes on the heels of the news that club manager Dusty Baker will not be returning to the team in 2018.
Cora, 42, has some experience in the Nationals’ organization. He played for the Nats during his last big league stint in 2011, batting .224/.287/.276 through 91 games before announcing his retirement in the spring of 2012. Per Cafardo, he was also offered a player development gig with the club, but has not appeared in any kind of official role with them since his days as a major league infielder. While he’s been lauded for his leadership skills and strong clubhouse presence, he hasn’t acquired any managerial experience since his retirement, save for a handful of games with the Astros where he filled in for A.J. Hinch.
Despite the appeal of having a familiar face in the dugout, the Nationals aren’t the only ones eyeing Cora. The Astros’ coach has already interviewed with the Tigers, Mets and Red Sox this month. Boston appears to be the current favorite to land him and according to at least one source, may even announce his hiring in advance of the World Series next Tuesday.