ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays' managerial interview process continued Saturday as they talked with Manny Acta and Dave Martinez, the candidates with the most experience in different ways.
Acta, 45, has by far the longest time of the eight candidates as a major-league manager, compiling a 372-518 record over 2½ seasons with the Nationals (2007-09) and nearly three with the Indians (2010-12). He has been working as an ESPN analyst, and as general manager of the Licey team in his native Dominican Republic.
Martinez, 50, has the most time with the Rays, having been the bench coach for the past seven seasons working alongside the since-departed Joe Maddon and a spring instructor for two years before that. Martinez also played 2½ seasons for the original Devil Rays.
Martinez, who has the support of several Rays veterans, spent about 1½ hours face-to-face with team officials at the Trop. "It went really, really well," Martinez told the Tampa Bay Times. "We had a great conversation, really good."
Acta, who interviewed by phone from the Dominican Republic, said via email: "It was a very organized, interesting conversation. It's early, so we'll let the process take its course."
The Rays on Friday did phone interviews with Brewers special assistant Craig Counsell, not-yet-retired Royals outfielder Raul Ibanez and Royals bench coach and ex-Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu. Officials are expected to talk at this week's GM meetings in Phoenix with Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash, Rays Triple-A manager Charlie Montoyo and Giants bench coach Ron Wotus.