ST. PETERSBURG — Doug Glanville doesn't have the standard profile of most managerial candidates, primarily because he hasn't worked on the field or in a front office since ending his nine-season big-league career in 2004.
But his mind has been in the game during much of the 10 years since; he has written extensively, and as an ESPN analyst watched and talked a lot about baseball.
Add that to a longtime interest in analytics he ascribes to playing the Stratomatic baseball game as a kid, and creativity and leadership qualities he has developed through life experiences, and Glanville, 44, feels he can present well.
"Maybe I am a dark horse (candidate), I don't know," he said. "I approach it like, 'Why not?' "
Glanville interviewed Friday with the Rays, the ninth of their 10 candidates to do so. Hall of Famer Barry Larkin has his say today, then team officials will "take inventory" and sometime next week cut the field and bring in a yet-to-be-determined number of candidates for more extensive second-round interviews.
Already interviewed were former Nationals and Indians manager Manny Acta, Indians bullpen coach (and Tampa native) Kevin Cash, Brewers special assistant Craig Counsell, not-yet-retired Royals outfielder/DH Raul Ibanez, current bench coach Dave Martinez, Triple-A manager Charlie Montoyo, former Mariners manager/Royals coach Don Wakamatsu and Giants bench coach Ron Wotus.
In other Rays news, leftfielder Ben Zobrist and third baseman Evan Longoria both went 2-for-4 Friday as the MLB team lost 8-4 in Game 2 of the Japan Series.
Big deal: The Marlins and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, 25, are close to signing a 13-year, $325 million contract, according to foxsports.com and cbssports.com. The deal would break the previous record for the largest contract in MLB history — Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers at $292 million for 10 years.
PIRATES: A.J. Burnett, 37, agreed to an $8.5 million, one-year deal, $4.25 million less than the player option he rejected with the Phillies. He went 26-21 with a 3.41 ERA for Pittsburgh in 2012-13 but spurned the team's offer last offseason and eventually signed with Philadelphia, where he went 8-18, 4.59. His 18 losses led the majors.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.