Tampa Bay coach Charlie Montoyo interviewed Monday with the Mariners for their vacant managerial opening, according to a twitter post by Ken Davidoff of the New York Post.
There was no confirmation from the Mariners regarding the report, but multiple sources indicate Montoyo is on a list of what is believed to be five finalists to replace Lloyd McClendon.
While new general manager Jerry Dipoto recently acknowledged he has a short list of candidates, he added, “I’m not likely to share it at any time soon.”
Montoyo, 50, spent the past season as the Rays’ third-base coach after serving the eight previous years as manager of their Triple-A Durham affiliate.
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Tampa Bay interviewed Montoyo a year ago when Joe Maddon bolted for the Chicago Cubs before eventually hiring Kevin Cash.
Former Texas interim manager Tim Bogar is generally viewed as the Mariners’ leading candidate to replace McClendon, who was fired Oct. 9 by Dipoto with one year remaining on his contract.
Bogar currently works for the Los Angeles Angels as a special assistant to the general manager — a post he accepted last November when Dipoto was the Angels’ general manager.
Earlier reports contend Phil Nevin interviewed for the Mariners’ opening. Nevin spent the last two years as manager at Triple-A Reno in the Arizona system.
Durham won six division titles and two International League crowns in Montoyo’s eight years. The Bulls also won the Triple-A championship in 2009.
Montoyo was picked in 2010 and 2013 as the International League’s manager of the year.
MARINERS ACQUIRE MARTIN
The first player acquisition under new Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto is ... right-handed pitcher Cody Martin.
The Mariners acquired Martin, 26, on Monday in a waiver claim from Oakland and cleared space in a corresponding move on their 40-man roster by releasing veteran reliever Logan Kensing.
Martin was 2-5 with a 7.92 ERA last season in 25 games, including two starts for Atlanta and Oakland, which obtained him from the Braves in a July 2 trade.
Kensing, 33, spent most of last season at Triple-A Tacoma before getting an Aug. 23 promotion to the big leagues. He closed the season by going 2-1 with a 5.87 ERA for the Mariners in 19 games.
The move to add Martin, a Gonzaga alum, projects as one intended to add organizational rotation depth — most likely at Tacoma. He has two options remaining.
Atlanta selected Martin in the seventh round of the 2011 draft, and he spent four minor-league seasons pitching primarily as a starter before making the Braves’ big-league at the start of last season.
Martin is 31-29 with 3.24 ERA in 118 games over five minor-league seasons.
He was a combined 5-7 with a 4.01 ERA last season in 18 games, including 17 starts, at Triple-A Gwinnett and Nashville.