Rangers wrap up first round of managerial interviews

Texas meets with interim manager Bogar, winter league exec Cora

Rangers wrap up first round of managerial interviews

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers finished their first round of managerial interviews by meeting with interim manager Tim Bogar and Puerto Rico winter league executive Alex Cora on Friday.

Bogar is considered the leading candidate for the job, having led the Rangers to a 14-8 record after taking over for Ron Washington on Sept. 5. The Rangers won 13 of their last 16 games.

Bogar also has a strong resume beyond his short tenure as the Rangers manager. He managed five seasons in the Minor Leagues with an overall winning percentage of .576. His teams reached the playoffs all five years and he was twice named Manager of the Year.

At the Major League level, he was a coach for the Red Sox for four years and served as the quality assurance coach for the Rays in 2008 when they went to the World Series.

Bogar interviewed earlier this week for the D-backs' managerial opening. He spent nine years as a utility infielder in the Major Leagues with the Mets, Astros and Dodgers.

Cora may be the most intriguing candidate the Rangers have interviewed. Like other candidates -- Bogar, Joe McEwing and Torey Lovullo -- he was a utility infielder in the Major Leagues. He played 14 seasons with the Dodgers, Indians, Red Sox, Mets, Rangers and Nationals. He played in just four games for the Rangers late in the '10 season while Ian Kinsler was on the disabled list.

Cora's last season in the Majors was in '11. Since then he has worked as an analyst for ESPN and general manager of the Caguas Criollos in the Puerto Rico winter league. The Criollos won the league championship in Cora's first season.

Cora does not have the typical managerial candidate's resume, but he had an excellent reputation as a player for his baseball knowledge and leadership skills.

The Rangers have previously interviewed pitching coach Mike Maddux, Triple-A manager Steve Buechele, Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister, McEwing and Lovullo.

The Rangers have not announced the next step. They could either hold another round of interviews with selected candidates or they could pick one of the seven candidates already interviewed.

Rangers claim infielder

The Rangers have claimed infielder Ed Lucas off waivers from the Marlins.

Lucas, a right-handed hitter, has played in 163 games for the Marlins over the past two seasons, hitting .255 with a .302 on-base percentage and a .323 slugging percentage. He has played all four infield positions as well as left and right field.

He was an eighth-round pick by the Royals in '04 out of Dartmouth College. He has been in the Royals, Angels, Braves and Marlins organizations.

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.