Willis will interview with O’s vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter on Wednesday as the Orioles continue their search to replace Rick Adair, who left in August citing personal reasons.
Willis is under contract with Seattle for 2014 but given that the Mariners are searching for a new manager, who may want to bring in his own staff, the Mariners granted Willis permission to interview.
Willis came to Seattle in 2009 as a minor league pitching coordinator. He was promoted to M’s pitching coach in August of 2010. As a player, he won two World Series titles (1984- Detroit, 1991- Minnesota). As a coach, he has coached three Cy Young winning pitchers (C.C. Sabathia and Cliff Lee in Cleveland, 2007 & 2008, Felix Hernandez in Seattle, 2010).
If the Orioles hire Willis, it will be the second time he has replaced Rick Adair, who was fired as the Mariners pitching coach in 2010 when manager Don Wakamatsu and coach Ty Van Burkleo were also fired.