The MLB offseason is heating up since the World Series ended Wednesday night. While all teams are trying to figure out which free agents they want to keep, some teams still need to secure their manager for next season. Let's take a look at the latest news involving teams searching for a new skipper:
Valle interviews with Mariners
Valle spent 13 years catching in the majors, including 10 seasons in Seattle. He has worked in the Mariners broadcast booth and analyzed games for MLB Network since his retirement. Valle has no previous major or minor league managing experience, but that requirement has been increasingly minimized by MLB teams.
Mariners general manager Jeff Zduriencik interview Valle last week after the catcher expressed interest in the position, according to Greg Johns of MLB.com.
Tigers interview Renteria
Renteria has been a popular name this offseason, interviewing for at least three open manager positions. The Chicago Cubs and Mariners have also expressed interest in the bench coach, with Renteria reportedly the Cubs leading candidate.
Nationals officially hire Williams
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo discussed the decision to hire Williams with the Associated Press, stating:
"Matt played with intensity as a player, but he also was a terrific teammate. You talk to the guys that he played with, and they swear by him. He was always team first, and self second. He was the consummate team player and a great teammate. He was a leader in the clubhouse, by example and also a vocal leader.
As a manager candidate, I feel he has the same fire, same desire, and the same team-first attitude that will be taken well by the players. He's always been a players' guy as a player, and I think he'll continue to be a players' guy as a manager."
The team will hold a press conference introducing Williams on Friday.