Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays bench coach Charlie Montoyo to interview for Reds’ job

Rays bench coach Charlie Montoyo will interview this week for the vacant Reds' manager job, the Tampa Bay Times has confirmed.

Montoyo, 53 this month, spent 18 years managing quite successfully in the Rays minor-league system before joining the major-league staff in 2015 as third-base coach and shifted to the bench coach role this season, working closely with manager Kevin Cash on all in-game decisions.

Montoyo's Tuesday interview is first of several such opportunities expected for him and Rocco Baldelli this off-season as six teams already have openings. 3B coach Matt Quatraro's name also may come up. Senior VP Chaim Bloom, appropriately, is being included in speculation for several GM-type jobs.

Montoyo will be one of a reported 10 (or more) candidates to interview for the Reds job, filling capably on an interim basis by Jim Riggleman after the mid-April firing of Bryan Price.

Also interviewing this week, per first reports out of Cincinnati on Saturday morning, is Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens.

The Reds have already brought in a number of external candidates, including former big-league managers Joe Girardi, John Farrell and Brad Ausmus, along with Giants VP of player development David Bell.

Internal candidates talked to include Riggleman, bench coach Pat Kelly, 3B coach Billy Hatcher, 1B coach Freddie Benavides.

There has also been media speculation of interest in Eduardo Perez, the current ESPN analyst who is the son of Tony Perez and whose 13-year playing career included a stop with the Devil Rays.

The team is looking to make a decision by the end of the World Series.

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