Speculation is rampant that Rick Adair, the Rangers' minor-league pitching coordinator, is headed to Seattle to be the Mariners' bullpen coach in what has the look of an ex-Rangers reunion.
Former bench coach Don Wakamatsu, who was hired last week as the Mariners' manager, wants to bring former bullpen coach Dom Chiti, who was fired in August, in as pitching coach. Chiti, then, would hire his buddy, Adair, to be bullpen coach.
But Adair isn't the only Rangers development coordinator the Mariners might try to land. Wayne Kirby, who oversees outfielders and base-running, might also be of interest for the big-league staff.
Here's a link to a Seattle Times story on some, but not all, of the staff-shaping.
Adair says he hasn't been contacted by Seattle. General manager Jon Daniels says the Rangers haven't been asked for permission from Seattle to speak with Adair, who has been a key cog in the overhaul of the Rangers' minor-league system. A baseball source said no permission has been sought on Kirby either.
-- Jeff Wilson