A's hitting coach Chili Davis is a hot commodity these days. The club has reportedly granted both the Yankees and Rangers permission to interview him for the same position.
A source confirmed to MLB.com that Davis has already committed to a trip to New York for an interview, as first reported by the Bay Area News Group. It's in a Yankees uniform that Davis ended his playing career in 1999, and though it's unclear whether he would want to depart the West Coast, he could potentially be faced with an offer hard to turn down.
The Red Sox are also believed to at least have interest in Davis' services, as well, after he guided the A's to a 729-run season -- fourth most in the Majors.
It marked Davis' third season in Oakland with manager Bob Melvin, who is already seeking a new bench coach after Chip Hale took the managerial job in Arizona.
The A's seemingly have a handful of in-house options for this role, including current bullpen coach Darren Bush and Triple-A manager Steve Scarsone, though Melvin is also expected to reach out to peers outside of the organization.
Among those who could receive a call are good friends Mike Aldrete, the current Cardinals bench coach who was an A's hitting coach target three years ago, and Kirk Gibson, recently dismissed as D-backs manager. Gibson served as bench coach under Melvin for two seasons in Arizona. Before that, when Melvin managed in Seattle, Aldrete was his first-base coach.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.