Jaramillo's status uncertain among Rangers coaches
Rangers manager Ron Washington wants all six of his coaches back in 2010. General manager Jon Daniels said he doesn’t foresee many changes, if any at all.
There is still some doubt about hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, who is finishing his 15th season with the Rangers.
Jaramillo’s current two-year contract runs only through this season and at some point after the World Series, he will be free to talk to any teams. Jaramillo remains one of the most respected hitting coaches in the game and it’s likely that he will draw significant interest once he is free to talk to other clubs.
“When you’re talking about free agents and anybody not under contract, that’s always a possibility,” Daniels said.
Jaramillo is from Dallas and still lives there. He said he wants to stay with the Rangers and doesn’t want to leave on a sour note. The Rangers had scored 773 runs going into Friday’s game with the Mariners and the possibility exists they could score less than 800 runs for the first time since 1995.
Daniels said he will meet with Washington and club president Nolan Ryan after the season to discuss the coaching staff. Jaramillo will likely be a prime topic of discussion.
“We’re going to sit down at the end of the year, hear Ron’s thoughts, sit down with Nolan, myself, ownership, and see where we are,” Daniels said.
The Rangers made four changes in the coaching staff last season. They hired Mike Maddux as pitching coach, Jackie Moore as bench coach and Dave Anderson as the third base coach, and moved Andy Hawkins to the bullpen. Gary Pettis, the Rangers first base/outfield coach, came with Washington after the 2006 season.
Washington said having some continuity this off-season is important.
“It’s quite important,” Washington said. “I think my coaching staff has done an outstanding job. We brought a lot of young kids in here and they helped show them they can play at the Major League level. I give a lot of kudos to our coaching staff. They are a big part of getting us to where we are.”
Nelson Cruz is likely done for what’s left of the season. He has a sprained left ankle and it’s not showing enough improvement to give the Rangers much hope of getting back in the lineup soon.
“I don’t look for him to be ready before the season is over,” Washington said.
Hank Blalock also remains sidelined with some lingering pain in his head after getting kneed by Derek Holland in Wednesday’s game against the Angels.
“There is a little slight ache,” Washington said. “We have to wait until there is no ache.”
Eddie Guardado turned 39 on Friday and the Rangers celebrated it by roasting him in a pre-game meeting. Guardado has pitched in 908 games, fourth most among active pitchers and 21st in baseball history.