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Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro a finalist for Giants job

The other finalists, per a report, are Astros bench coach Joe Espada and former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler.
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Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro (33) talks to umpire Bruce Dreckman at the bottom of the fourth inning against Texas Rangers on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
ALLIE GOULDING | Times Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro (33) talks to umpire Bruce Dreckman at the bottom of the fourth inning against Texas Rangers on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. [ Times (2019) ]
Published Nov. 7, 2019

Could the Rays lose their bench coach for a second straight year?

It’s possible, as Matt Quatraro is one of three finalists for the Giants’ manager’s job, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, along with Astros bench coach Joe Espada and former Phillies manager (and Rays outfielder) Gabe Kapler.

Quatraro, 45, took over as bench coach last season after the Blue Jays hired away Charlie Montoyo to manage its club. Quatraro joined the Rays staff for the 2018 season as third base coach after spending the previous four seasons as the Indians assistant hitting coach.

Before that, Quatraro worked in several roles in the Rays minor-league system, as a catching instructor, hitting coach and coordinator and manager for four seasons, two at short-season Class A Hudson Valley (including the 2006 season when Josh Hamilton made his return after years battling drug issues) and one each at Class A Columbus and Bowling Green.

Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, who interview at least 10 candidates, is familiar with Kapler when they both worked in the Dodgers system together under former Rays boss Andrew Friedman.

Quatraro, who had declined comment on the interview process, is also a candidate for the manager’s job in Pittsburgh, though that search has been paused as the Pirates are looking first to hire a new GM.