MLB Rumors: Rocco Baldelli will be the new manager of the Minnesota Twins, according to multiple reports out today. Baldelli, currently on the Tampa Bay Rays coaching staff, was one of the eight initial candidates who interviewed with the Texas Rangers for their (still vacant) managerial job.
With Baldelli being hired by the Twins, David Bell being hired by the Cincinnati Reds, and Joe Girardi apparently opting to stay with MLB Network for now, that leaves five of the candidates initially interviewed by the Rangers still available — Dusty Wathan, Brandon Hyde, Joe Espada, Don Wakamatsu and Jayce Tingler. The Rangers also reportedly interviewed Eric Chavez, who was the frontrunner for the Anaheim Angels manager job before they hired Brad Ausmus, this week.
It appears that the Rangers are waiting until the World Series is over to make a decision on their new manager, which seems to indicate that they are strongly considering someone, or someones, on the Boston Red Sox and/or Los Angeles Dodgers coaching staff. Evan Grant wrote earlier that they were expected to interview Los Angeles Dodgers coach Chris Woodward and Boston Red Sox coach Ron Roenicke once the World Series wraps up.