The Rays had a bunch of managerial candidates, but they’ve whittled them down to three. With one notable non-candidate mentioned here:
BREAKING: #Rays managerial finalists are Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu. Bench coach Dave Martinez is out.
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) November 21, 2014
Dave Martinez not being a candidate after so much time as Joe Maddon’s bench coach pretty much tells you where the Rays are regarding the recent past. Repudiation city, I guess.
Cash has been the bullpen coach in Cleveland under Terry Francona. Wakamatsu and Ibanez were/are both in Kansas City, one ending his playing career, one coaching. Wakamatsu, of course, managed the Mariners for a bit a few years ago.
The Rays have said they want to have someone in place before the Winter Meetings. Those start two weeks from Monday.