The Seattle Mariners are looking for a new manager to replace the departed Eric Wedge, who didn't agree with the direction of the team and organization going forward, which has sent them looking all over baseball for candidates.
The Mariners knew they wouldn't be players for Joe Girardi, who has a free agent until this past week before re-signing with the Yankees on a four-year deal; however, they are interested in one of Girardi's assistant coaches for their manager job.
"The Mariners haven’t asked the Yankees permission to speak with any of the team’s coaches, but have talked internally about possibly interviewing third base coach Rob Thomson for their managerial opening."
The 50-yea-old Thomson has never been a manager on the major league level, but has been a bench coach for the Yankees under Girardi in the 2008 season before switching to become the third base coach and Tony Pena taking over as bench coach.
During the 2008 season, Thomson did serve as an interim manager for Girardi for three games while the Yankees manager battled sickness; the team went 1-2 during Thomson's time in charge until Girardi came back.
Thomson's contract with the Yankees does expire on November 1, so if the Mariners can't get permission from the Yankees to speak to him, they can simply wait until the following month to speak with him if they really want to interview and potentially hire him to be their next manager for the 2014 season.
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