Angels won’t let A’s interview hitting coach Dave Hansen

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Oakland lost hitting coach Chili Davis to the Red Sox over the weekend and yesterday there were reports of the A’s being interested in replacing him with Angels assistant hitting coach Dave Hansen.

Hansen served as the interim hitting coach following Don Baylor’s leg injury on Opening Day, but the assumption was that if the Angels intend to reinstate Baylor to the full-time role Hansen may want to seek out a hitting coach gig elsewhere.

Not so fast, says Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, who reports that the Angels “have no desire to allow” the division rival A’s to interview Hansen. She even quotes a source saying the “A’s will have to look elsewhere to fill their need.”

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.