ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays will have a new manager in the dugout but expect to keep their coaching staff intact.
The seven coaches are all signed through the upcoming season, as former manager Joe Maddon was before opting out of his contract Friday, and are being told to plan on coming back under a new boss.
The process to hire the new manager should be in place by the end of this week. President of baseball operations Matt Silverman will talk with his staff and players to formulate their criteria, then produce a list of potential replacements to interview.
More than 20 potential candidates have already contacted Rays personnel, either directly or indirectly, to express interest, and that list is likely to grow.
Though a new manager typically brings in at least some of his own coaches, the Rays seem intent on maintaining as much continuity as they can. That could bode well for bench coach Dave Martinez, considered a strong candidate for the manager's job. That plan could change if Martinez, who has been on the staff for seven years, doesn't get the job and opts to leave.
Third-base coach Tom Foley has the longest tenure, going back to 2002. First-base coach George Hendrick was with the Rays for all nine of Maddon's seasons. Pitching coach Jim Hickey has been there for eight, hitting coach Derek Shelton five, bullpen coach Stan Boroski three (plus two as assistant to Hickey), assistant hitting coach Jamie Nelson two.
• Agent Alan Nero said there were no new developments in landing Maddon a job, though he did confirm that the Cubs were one of several teams that has contacted him.
• Asked at the World Series about Friedman and Maddon (presumably) getting bigger bucks by leaving the Rays, outgoing commissioner Bud Selig told the Los Angeles Times, "The team has to have a ballpark that makes them competitive. It doesn't produce the kind of revenue they need." Selig also said that Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg has not told him of any interest in moving to the team, either to Montreal, as a Saturday New York Daily News column speculated, or elsewhere.