Renteria interviewed by Zduriencik for M’s opening
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik is continuing his interviewing process for a new manager while spending the week in Arizona and you can add Padres bench coach Rick Renteria to the list of contenders.
Renteria, 51, interviewed earlier this week with the Cubs about their vacancy and a baseball source indicated he talked Thursday with Zduriencik about Seattle’s opening as well.
The Mariners are also believed to be interested in Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus, who has been mentioned prominently as a contender for the vacant Tigers position following Jim Leyland’s resignation. Ausmus, 44, finished an 18-year Major League career as a catcher in 2010 and has since worked in the Padres’ front office.
Ausmus, a three-time Gold Glove winner, has not managed or coached in the Majors or Minor Leagues, but did manage Israel in the 2013 World Baseball Classic and was well regarded for his leadership and baseball knowledge as a player.
Renteria has a longer track record in coaching as he just finished his sixth season on the Padres’ Major League staff, including the last three as bench coach. He also managed Mexico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Renteria has worked in the Padres organization since 2003 and spent four seasons managing the club’s Class A team at Lake Elsinore and another year leading Triple-A Portland before moving up to San Diego in 2007 as a first-base coach.
Renteria also managed four seasons in the Marlins’ organization at the Class A and AA levels and was the Midwest League Manager of the Year in 1999.
Renteria played parts of five seasons in the Majors as a utility infielder between 1986-94, including 43 games with the Mariners in 1987 and ’88.
Zduriencik has interviewed several candidates this week, including A’s bench coach Chip Hale, as he goes about the process of replacing Eric Wedge, who resigned at the end of a disappointing 71-91 season.
The Mariners, Cubs, Tigers and Nationals are all in pursuit of new managers and will likely wait until after the World Series concludes to make any final decisions. The Reds promoted pitching coach Bryan Price to fill their vacancy prior to the start of the World Series.