THE NEWBERG REPORT — NOVEMBER 4, 2006
I’ve got time for a quick update, and here are the most important things I can tell you:
On the managerial front, the Rangers are bringing Oakland third base coach Ron Washington in for a second interview with Jon Daniels and Thad Levine tomorrow, with Tom Hicks participating this time, as he did for part of the Don Wakamatsu and Trey Hillman interviews. It’s expected to be the final candidate visit before the organization makes its decision on who will replace Buck Showalter.
According to local reports, Wakamatsu, Hillman, and Washington are the three finalists (meaning Manny Acta and John Russell have been ruled out), and a decision could be announced as early as Monday. In any event, Daniels says the situation should be resolved within the week.
That timetable has made sense all along, as free agency opens on November 12, and eliminating the question mark at manager seems like the correct thing to do before that phase of the off-season arrives.
There are also reports that the Rangers intend to submit a sealed bid for the right to negotiate with Japanese righthander Daisuke Matsuzaka before Wednesday afternoon’s deadline to do so. It’s expected that the prevailing bid will exceed $20 million.