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San Francisco Giants bench coach Ron Wotus is one of eight candidates being considered for the Tampa Bay Rays' managerial opening.
The preliminary list of candidates was released by Rays' president of baseball operations Matt Silverman on Thursday.
Wotus just finished his 17th season on the Giants' major league staff.
Last offseason, he interviewed for the Mariners' managerial vacancy, but only got one interview. Lloyd McClendon was tabbed by Seattle as their new coach.
From 1991 to 1997, Wotus managed in the Giants' minor league system, compiling a 554-412 record.
The other names on the Rays' list include their bench coach Dave Martinez, Royals' bench player Raul Ibanez, former managers Manny Acta and Don Wakamatsu, Brewers special assistant Craig Counsell, minor league manager Charlie Montoyo and Indians coach Kevin Cash.
The Rays are in need of a manager after Joe Maddon opted out of his contract on October 24 and was hired by the Cubs on October 31.