The Texas Rangers expect to announce their new manager next week after interviewing the final two candidates from their list of eight.
Tim Bogar, the perceived favorite after finishing the season as the interim manager, and Alex Cora, who has managerial experience in the Puerto Rico Baseball League, met with club officials Friday at Globe Life Park.
The Rangers offered no comment, as they have done throughout the process. General manager Jon Daniels has considered holding second interviews with a few candidates, but Ron Washington’s full-time replacement should be in place within a week.
Bogar, who turns 48 on Oct. 28, has been considered the leading candidate after going 14-8 following Washington’s abrupt resignation on Sept. 5. He interviewed Monday in Arizona for the Diamondbacks’ managerial opening.
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Though he was among the last to interview, he and Daniels have been in regular contact since the process began.
Cora, who played briefly for the Rangers in 2010, serves as the manager and GM for Caguas Criollos in Puerto Rico. In his first season in 2013, he guided the club to the Caribbean World Series.
Pitching coach Mike Maddux and Triple A manager Steve Buechele were the first to interview Sept. 30. The Rangers interviewed Boston bench coach Torey Lovullo on Tuesday, Pittsburgh bench coach Jeff Banister and Chicago White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing on Wednesday, and Cleveland bullpen coach Kevin Cash on Thursday.
The Rangers made their second waiver claim of the off-season, picking up infielder Ed Lucas from Miami.
The 32-year-old made his major league debut in 2013 and spent much of 2014 with the Marlins, batting .251 (45 for 179) in 69 games.