Hale out in Boston, expected to join Showalter’s staff
It’s Day 3 of the Winter Meetings here in Dallas — the last full day of activity since Thursday is just the Rule 5 Draft — and the Orioles remain hopeful they can swing a deal.
They did get closer on the coaching front, with manager Buck Showalter’s staff all but official as of late Tuesday night. The holdup was over bench coach DeMarlo Hale, who is under contract in Boston for next season but is expected to negotiate a deal that frees him up to join the Orioles as third base coach.
ESPN Boston first reported that Hale was out as bench coach, news that hardly comes as a shock given the managerial change from Terry Francona to Bobby Valentine. Hale, who is close with both Showalter and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, will join a staff that include hitting coach Jim Presley, pitching coach Rick Adair, bench coach John Russell and bullpen coach Bill Castro.
The expectation is once the two sides work out a contract, the Orioles will officially unveil their entire staff. The Baltimore Sun was the first to report the Orioles interest in Hale.