It’s official: Oakland has hired Don Wakamatsu away from the Rangers, giving the 44-year-old a two-year deal to serve as manager Bob Geren’s bench coach.

Wakamatsu served as Buck Showalter’s bench coach in Texas from 2002 through 2006 and, after being considered as a finalist to become Showalter’s successor as manager, was the Rangers’ third base coach in 2007. Wakamatsu also served as the club’s catching instructor and ran big league spring training.

Hate to see an asset like that end up with a division rival, but it’s a good day for Wakamatsu and his family.

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