In addition to introducing Scott Servais as manager today, the Mariners announced that they have hired Tim Bogar as bench coach and Mel Stottlemyre, Jr. as pitching coach. Another familiar face could join them soon.
According to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, the Mariners have talked to Raul Ibanez about a coaching position or possibly filling a role in the front office. Ibanez, 43, joined FOX as a studio analyst this season after a 19-year major league career. He was a candidate for the Rays’ managerial vacancy last offseason and the Yankees also reportedly showed interest in adding him as a coach.
Joining Seattle would be a homecoming for Ibanez. He was originally drafted by the Mariners in 1992 and spent 11 seasons with the team over three separate stints.