Kevin CashMarc Topkin has more on the Rays’ search for a new bench coach which turns out may not be a bench coach at all.

One possibility being considered is to just hire another coach with somebody on the staff already moving to the bench. Topkin says one candidate to move would be third base coach Tom Foley whose position could then be filled by somebody like Charlie Montoyo, Rocco Baldelli, or minor league hitting coach Chad Mottola whom Topkin says is a “longtime Cash buddy.”

Topkin also says there is a possibility that George Hendrick will retire, opening another spot.

One interesting angle to consider in all this is that the Rays do not currently have a Spanish-speaking coach on the staff, something that is probably important in today’s game.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • With the Rays possibly looking to trade from their outfield depth, it appears that Matt Joyce is drawing the most attention. Not surprisingly, Wil Myers’ name has been brought up, but certainly he would not be cheap even if other teams are probably hoping the Rays have soured a bit on the youngster. [TampaBay.com]
  • Marc Topkin is also reporting that Kevin Cash will make more than $600,000 and is not the lowest-paid manager in baseball as has been speculated. [TampaBay.com]
  • Stuart Sternberg is expected to talk about the stadium situation today. [@TBTimes_Rays]
  • Noah Pransky notes that a potential payoff by the Rays to the city of St. Pete may not be much more than the cost of the demolition and clean up of the Tropicana Field site. [ShadowOfTheStadium]
  • The Bucs were finally eliminated from playoff contention this weekend, but thanks to the Raiders’ loss, the Bucs are now in the driver’s seat for the top pick in the NFL Draft and a shot to draft quarterback Marcus Mariota. [BI Sports]

Kevin Cash jokes about why will wear no. 16 (he has put on weight).

Cash was also a guest on MLB Now.

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  1. Woodrow744 says:

    Wil Myers ain't going anywhere, but I won't lose much sleep over Jennings, Escobar, and Joyce if they go. I think old Yunel would be a real headache for a
    rookie manager and there must be a virus out there in centerfield because Desmond looks like a slow BJ Upton at the plate. I like Matt, but he slit his own throat when he told the press that he expected to be traded over the winter.

    I chuckled when the update on AM620 stated that the Rays were targeting a backup catcher at the Winter Meetings. Also heard a rumor that the mayor of Wauchula is making a case for building a stadium and having the team relocate there.

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  2. Dave L says:

    I hadnt thought about the Escobar effect but you are right there was alot of attention and stick and carrot they had to do with him. Cash wont have time for that stuff like his predecessor.

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