Bench coach Wakamatsu likely to stay in KC

Former Seattle manager interviewed for job as skipper in Arizona, Colorado

Bench coach Wakamatsu likely to stay in KC

KANSAS CITY -- Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu recently interviewed for the D-backs and Rockies managerial jobs, but he is no longer in the running for either, a source told

Wakamatsu, 53, has been Kansas City's bench coach since 2013 and a trusted advisor under manager Ned Yost.

Announcements on the managerial hirings for Arizona and Colorado could come within the next few days.

Wakamatsu was the Mariners' manager from 2009-10. He has expressed an interest in becoming a manager again over the past year.

Wakamatsu previously was the Rangers' bench coach from 2003-07 and the A's bench coach in '08. After leaving Seattle, Wakamatsu served as bench coach for Toronto in '11-12.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.