The Seattle Mariners continued to remove all evidence of a Eric Wedge-influenced tenure as the team informed pitching coach Carl Willis that he wasn’t coming back, despite the fact he has a year left on his contract.
Bullpen coach Jaime Navarro – who had been interested in the pitching coach job had Willis been offered either the Baltimore Orioles or Philadelphia Phillies job he interviewed for – was told he would be re-assigned within the organization’s minor league ranks.
Finally, first base coach Mike Brumley, who also had one year left on his contract, told the Mariners earlier this week that he would be leaving to take the assistant hitting coach position with the Chicago Cubs.
Earlier this month, bench coach Robby Thompson was fired by the team ahead of Lloyd McClendon’s hiring as manager. Third base coach Jeff Datz was told he’d was being re-assigned to a scouting position if he chose to remain with the organization.
Datz has yet to tell the Mariners whether he’ll accept their scouting offer.
As for the remaining coaching staff, only third base coach Daren Brown— who took over for Datz when he was stricken with cancer — and hitting coach Dave Hansen remain, along with bullpen catcher Jason Phillips.
Brown was recently given permission to interview with the Reds for their third base coaching vacancy.