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A’s bench coach Chip Hale appears to be one of the finalists for the Arizona Diamondbacks manager’s job, but it’s possible there could be another departure from Oakland’s coaching staff.
Hitting coach Chili Davis’ name is being linked to the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs in media reports from each of those cities. All three teams are looking to fill hitting coach vacancies.
An A’s official said no team has sought permission yet to interview Davis, who just completed his third season with Oakland and is still under contract. Manager Bob Melvin said he’d like to bring back all of his coaches for 2015, though Melvin and the front office typically discuss the coaching staff in meetings before the team announces which coaches will return for the following season. No announcement has come yet.
Davis has built a strong rapport with A’s hitters during his time with Oakland. In 2013, the A’s finished fourth in the majors in runs and third in homers. But this past season, their second-half tumble in the standings was due in large part to an offense that struggled badly after the All-Star break.
Might Davis want a change of scenery? He has ties to all three clubs that his name is linked to. Davis served as the Red Sox’s Triple-A hitting coach in 2011. That was Theo Epstein’s final season as Boston’s general manager, and he’s now the Cubs’ president of baseball operations.
Davis spent the final two years of his playing career with the Yankees, winning the World Series in 1998 and 1999.
CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney cited a major league official who predicted Boston as the most likely landing place for Davis should he leave Oakland.
Meanwhile, USA Today reported that Hale is one of four finalists to be the Diamondbacks’ manager. He’s also a candidate for the Minnesota Twins’ managerial opening.