Rangers expect Hurdle to draw interest

Rangers expect Hurdle to draw interest

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are bracing for the possibility that other teams will look at hitting coach Clint Hurdle to fill their open managerial positions.

General manager Jon Daniels said clubs have not formally asked for permission to talk to Hurdle, but Daniels believes it could end up being a possibility.

"He is well-respected and accomplished in that role," Daniels said. "With the number of openings, I would be surprised if nobody wanted to talk to him."

There are six teams currently looking for and interviewing managerial candidates: Mariners, Cubs, Pirates, Blue Jays, Marlins and Brewers. The Mets are looking to fill their general manager position before they begin to search for a manager.

Hurdle is in his first year as the Rangers' hitting coach after spending eight seasons as manager of the Rockies. He led the Rockies to 90 wins and their only National League pennant in 2007 before losing to the Red Sox in the World Series.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.