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Texas Rangers reportedly granted permission to interview Chili Davis

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According to Jon Heyman, Oakland hitting coach Chili Davis has been granted permission to interview with the Rangers and Yankees

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The Texas Rangers and New York Yankees have each been granted permission to interview Oakland A's hitting coach Chili Davis, according to Jon Heyman.

This comes on the heels of the news that the Rangers have allowed its current coaches to talk to other teams.  Current Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan has reportedly been contacted by the Yankees, the Mets and the Braves about filling a hitting coach vacancy with each of those teams.

Magadan came over to Texas from Boston after the 2012 season, and is very highly regarded within the game.  However, he's been a lightning rod for criticism among some fans the past two years.  Personally, I don't feel like I'm in a good position to judge whether he, or Chili Davis, or someone else would be the best choice to be the Rangers' hitting coach, and don't get the people who call for Magadan to be fired (or who would celebrate him leaving).  But it is appearing more likely at this point that there will be a change at that spot.

Mike Maddux, meanwhile, says he wants to stay in Texas as the pitching coach.  His contract is up at the end of the month, but I would be surprised if he does not return for 2015.