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Jon Paul Morosi

Top manager candidates will be busy in October

Top manager candidates will be busy in October

This week, the Pirates and Reds announced that managers Clint Hurdle and Bryan Price would remain in their respective positions next year.

The Nationals' Dusty Baker and the Yankees' Joe Girardi have expiring contracts, but they are widely expected to remain with their clubs. That leaves four teams who are at the very least contemplating offseason changes, with their managers unsigned beyond this year: the Twins, Braves, Mets and Tigers.

And as the postseason picture comes into sharper focus, one trend is clear: A number of top candidates are on the coaching staffs of World Series contenders; if they're not able to interview until their teams are finished playing, some managerial searches may not conclude until well into November.

Astros bench coach Alex Cora, Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, Indians first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Cubs first-base coach Brandon Hyde, Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez, Dodgers third-base coach Chris Woodward, Nationals assistant hitting coach Jacque Jones, Red Sox bench coach Gary DiSarcina and D-backs bench coach Ron Gardenhire are among the managerial prospects who could remain busy through October.

Increasingly, MLB general managers have sought candidates with front-office experience: Dodgers special assistant Raul Ibanez, Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler, Rangers assistant general manager for player development Jayce Tingler and Braves special assistant Bo Porter all are serving in executive roles.

Mark DeRosa and David Ross are recently retired players who are currently working as broadcasters, but they are viewed within the baseball industry as potential managers; DeRosa interviewed for the Marlins' opening before the team hired Don Mattingly in 2015, according to a report by MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.

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Joe McEwing (White Sox), Tim Bogar (Mariners), DeMarlo Hale (Blue Jays), Ron Wotus (Giants), Don Wakamatsu (Royals) and David Bell (Cardinals) are among the current bench coaches who could be considered for openings this fall.

The Twins' decision will be especially intriguing to follow. Paul Molitor, the Hall of Famer and Twin Cities native, has managed a contender in two of his three seasons in Minnesota's dugout. If the playoffs began today, the Twins would qualify for their first postseason since 2010, despite having the No. 1 overall pick in this year's MLB Draft. But the team's baseball operations leadership changed one year ago, and there's been no announcement of a contract extension for Molitor.

Derek Falvey, the Twins' chief baseball officer, worked closely with Callaway on the Indians' pitching methodology, which has produced the American League's best ERA this season, entering Friday. And Twins general manager Thad Levine has a high opinion of Tingler from their time together with the Rangers, where Tingler, 36, began as a Minor League manager before becoming one of the top officials in baseball operations.

The Braves have yet to say publicly how they plan to handle the 2018 option on the contract of manager Brian Snitker. The Tigers and Mets have given no public indication that they plan to retain Brad Ausmus or Terry Collins, respectively, after those teams posted losing records during seasons in which they were expected to be competitive.

Jon Paul Morosi is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.