#2- Pitching coach
It appeared as though the Texas Rangers were going to retain all of their coaches from last season. Then according to Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels, Mike Maddux wished to explore his options before re-signing with the team. The team knew he was in a contract year, but had an understanding that he would return.
The Rangers explored filling their need and starting interviewing potential candidates for the job. Mike Maddux returned back to the Rangers after this fact and wanted his job back. (Apparently he didn’t receive much interest on the open market). It was too late as the Rangers informed him they are moving on — a mutual parting of what was supposed to be a decent relationship.
So the Rangers are presently in search of a new pitching coach. There are rumors that the team will name former Houston Astros pitching coach Doug Brocail their new coach very soon. Brocail was the Astros pitching coach from 2011-2013 and most recently was the pitching coach for the Corpus Christi Hooks in the Astros Double-A farm system.
The Rangers have also interviewed Danny Clark, Brad Holman and Jeff Andrews for the job. The team is expected to make an announcement soon. The new coach will inherit a very capable staff and hopefully can take the Rangers into a whole new level.