SAN FRANCISCO — The World Series is under way, and meanwhile the Rockies, Blue Jays, and Marlins have begun managerial searches in earnest.
Ozzie Guillen was fired Tuesday, leaving the Marlins looking for what may be a low-cost first-timer, since they will be paying Guillen $7.5 million for the remaining three years on his contract.
Former Marlins catcher Mike Redmond will be interviewed. Redmond has been in Toronto’s system and is considered an up-and-coming candidate like Brad Ausmus, who was bypassed by the Red Sox. Ausmus also may interview in Miami.
The Marlins may also take a run at former Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell, who was a favorite in Miami as a player. Lowell still lives there, but has been content working for MLB Network while spending time with his family.
The Marlins tried to go the big-name route with Guillen, and they gave him an enhanced roster, but the money spent by owner Jeffrey Loria didn’t work in either area.
The Blue Jays are moving on from John Farrell, and will consider multiple candidates, including Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Orioles third base coach DeMarlo Hale, former Indians manager Manny Acta, and perhaps former Rockies manager Jim Tracy. They will also consider current bench coach Don Wakamatsu and infield coach Luis Rivera.
Rivera could be coming to Farrell’s staff in Boston, along with third base coach Brian Butterfield.
The Rockies are seriously considering Jason Giambi, according to a major league source. Bench coach Tom Runnells also has interviewed, and the Rockies are expected to take a look at Athletics third base coach Mike Gallego and perhaps Chip Hale, Oakland’s bench coach.
Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd was asked whether Ausmus would be interviewed, and the feeling was he would not , “but we could change our mind,” said O’Dowd.
The Rockies also have their eye on Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach, who could also get an interview with the Blue Jays.
Hitting and pitching coaches are also hot topics. If the Red Sox are thinking about hiring Athletics batting coach Chili Davis , that may not happen. The former Pawtucket hitting coach is highly regarded in Oakland. The Athletics go year to year with most of their coaching contracts, which generally expire Oct. 31, and they are expected to make a big push to re-sign Davis.
The Dodgers, Indians, and Cubs may all need hitting coaches.
The Indians haven’t announced it officially, but former Astros manager Brad Mills will be Terry Francona’s bench coach.
The big name out there among pitching coaches is Rick Peterson, who may draw interest from the Red Sox and Indians.
Lincecum stays in pen
The Giants felt that to maximize their pitching depth in the World Series, it was best to keep Tim Lincecum in the bullpen and start Madison Bumgarner in Game 2.
“We just feel Timmy is really comfortable there right now,” said manager Bruce Bochy. “We hope we’ve been able to correct some of Madison’s mechanical issues and that he’ll be ready to go for us.”
Lincecum, who went 2⅓ hitless innings in Game 1 with five strikeouts, remains a crowd favorite despite his decline this season. He’ll earn $22 million next season, and according to multiple major league sources the Giants will listen to trade inquiries. Lincecum’s velocity, which had been 96 miles per hour, has topped out at 92 this season.
Martinez away from team
Victor Martinez is not expected to be with the Tigers in San Francisco. He has missed the entire season after knee surgery, but is expected back as their designated hitter next season.