A’s hitting coach Chili Davis is heading to New York this week to interview for the same position with the Yankees, a source confirmed to Comcast SportsNet California.
Davis has been Oakland’s hitting coach for the past three seasons, and with several hitting coach jobs currently vacant around the majors, his name is being linked to multiple teams.
The Boston Red Sox have interest in Davis, though he’s reportedly not among an initial group of five candidates they’re considering at the moment. He’s also been linked to the Chicago Cubs.
The Yankees, searching for a replacement for Kevin Long, are the first team that Davis is known to have a scheduled interview with. Long was fired as hitting coach after the Yankees finished 84-78 and missed the postseason for the second consecutive year despite the majors’ second highest payroll. New York finished 13th in the American League in runs scored during the regular season.
Were Davis to depart Oakland, it would be the second coach to leave manager Bob Melvin’s staff this offseason. Bench coach Chip Hale was hired Monday to be the Arizona Diamondbacks new manager.
Dave Magadan, the Texas Rangers’ current hitting coach, and Dante Bichette are also reported candidates for the Yankees’ job. Magadan also is considered a candidate for the New York Mets’ hitting coach position.
The Bay Area News Group was first to report that Davis would interview with the Yankees.