Four candidates have emerged as finalists to become the Texas Rangers’ bench coach, and two went through the interview process earlier this week.
Baseball sources confirmed that Tim Bogar, the former Boston Red Sox bench coach, met with club officials at Rangers Ballpark to discuss the opening that was created when Jackie Moore’s contract wasn’t renewed.
Another source said that Jamie Quirk, who spent last season as the Chicago Cubs’ bench coach, also has interviewed, and the Rangers are planning to interview former Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy and former Baltimore Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo by no later than early next week.
The Rangers have a second vacancy on manager Ron Washington’s staff, but finding a first base coach/infield instructor isn’t the same priority as finding a bench coach.
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General manager Jon Daniels declined comment.
Bogar, 46, was in Boston last year under manager Bobby Valentine as the Red Sox cratered to last place. Bogar, though, was a player in the New York Mets organization in the early 1990s while Washington was an instructor; played with pitching coach Mike Maddux; and was on the same Boston coaching staff as hitting coach Dave Magadan.
Bogar is the manager for the Los Angeles Angels’ Double A club.
Quirk, who turns 59 on Tuesday, is also well-known in Rangers circles from his time as Colorado Rockies bench coach from 2003 to 2008 under Clint Hurdle. Assistant general manager Thad Levine and director of baseball operations Matt Vinnola worked with the Rockies during Quirk’s time there.
Quirk, who was the Rangers’ bullpen coach in 2002, might not be retained by the Cubs after they fired manager Dale Sveum.
Tracy, 57, replaced Quirk on Hurdle’s staff in 2009, then took over for Hurdle after he was fired only a few months later. Tracy guided the Rockies to the postseason in 2009, and resigned after the 2012 season.
His son, Chad, is a former Rangers third-round pick.
Jim Tracy also has managed the Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates, and Washington had said that he covets someone with managerial experience to be his bench coach. Perlozzo meets that requirement, though with only one brief stint.
He was the Orioles’ manager for parts of three seasons, from 2005 to 2007. Most recently, Perlozzo served as Philadelphia’s first-base coach in 2013 and had been with the Phillies since 2009 before not being retained by new manager Ryne Sandberg.
Perlozzo, 62, could be a candidate to replace Dave Anderson as first-base coach/infield instructor. Perlozzo was the Phillies’ infield instructor until Sandberg joined the staff this season.
The Rangers would like to make an internal hire at that spot, and have considered Double A manager Steve Buechele.
• Right-hander Neftali Feliz, working to regain arm strength after Tommy John surgery in August 2012, will pitch this winter for Toros del Este in the Dominican Winter League. Left-hander Robbie Ross will join that club at the end of the month. Infielder Jurickson Profar and outfielders Leonys Martin and Engel Beltre will play for Licey in the same league.
• The Rangers claimed left-hander Edwar Cabrera on a waiver claim from the Rockies, and he went on the 60-day disabled list. Cabrera missed last season with a shoulder injury. He had surgery in July.
• The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation will host an Evening with the Rangers on Dec. 18 at Rangers Ballpark. The event will feature manager Ron Washington and pitcher Derek Holland. Tickets are $300 per couple. Go to texasrangers.com/foundation or call 817-622-7883 for more information.
Darvish chips in
Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish has made a $42,000 donation to the Jackie Robinson Foundation to help fund college scholarships.
The Texas pitcher presented the check Wednesday to Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson and founder of the foundation, during her visit to Tokyo.
Darvish has been home in Japan since the Rangers’ season ended with a loss to Tampa Bay in the AL wild-card tiebreaker game. — AP