When Ron Washington resigned and the Texas Rangers' coaching staff was in limbo, the Rangers told the coaching staff they could start looking elsewhere for jobs while the team underwent a search for their new manager.
Guys like Tim Bogar and Dave Magadan, along with Mike Maddux, were under contract for 2015 but were told they could look around.
New manager Jeff Banister and general manager Jon Daniels told Bogar he will not be retained. We've yet to hear a firm word on Maddux, though it's suspected he'll return as the team's pitching coach. And hitting coach Dave Magadan has been a hot target for several teams, including the two New York teams and the Oakland A's.
Now, it's been made official that Magadan will not be joining the Yankees' staff as he told the San Francisco Chronicle he was out of the running for the Yankees' job on Monday but that he has been in discussion with Oakland, who lost their hitting coach, Chili Davis, to Boston.
As The Chronicle's Susan Slusser pointed out, the Rangers are known for paying their coaches better than many other teams, so that could make the Rangers more appealing to Magadan.
The Rangers have worked under Magadan for the past two years after his successful stint with the Boston Red Sox, and they've struggled in those two seasons at the plate, perhaps due to approach but more likely due to a lack of firepower (2013) and injuries (2014).