Servais had served as an assistant GM to new Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto while with the Los Angeles Angels and now it looks as if Servais will be following Dipoto up to Seattle, but this time as the team’s manager.
Thursday, FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal reported that Servais was the favorite to land the job, and that has held true as Servais is expected to be announced as new Mariners manager sometime Friday.
Servais comes into this manager’s role with no managerial experience at the big league level nor the minor leagues, but while with the Angels, Servais was in charge of scouting and player development under Dipoto.
The Mariners have remained quiet about this process of hiring a new manager, but baseball sources have leaked this out to various reporters.
Servais, 48, spent six seasons (2006-2011) as the senior director of player development for the Texas Rangers while overseeing the minor league system and providing recommendations for potential trades and free-agent signings. In addition, Servais played ten years in the big leagues as a catcher from 1991-2000.
Tim Bogar who was reportedly the favorite for this position and was a finalist as well, will serve as Mariners bench coach under Servais. That is basically putting two managers in the dugout at once which could be an interesting combo.
The relationship between the manager and general manager is more important than it has ever been and this move shows that the Mariners are committed to that because these two men have worked together in the past.
The Mariners currently have the longest playoff drought in baseball since their last appearance in 2001.