SAN FRANCISCO – Tim Lincecum won’t wear a Seattle Mariners uniform next season, but perhaps Ron Wotus will.
Sources confirmed a CBSsports.com report that the Giants’ longtime bench coach has interviewed for the managerial vacancy in Seattle. Wotus, 52, is among a long list of candidates that also includes A’s bench coach Chip Hale.
Wotus came up in discussions in previous years when the Mariners previously hired Don Wakamatsu and Eric Wedge, who stepped away from the job after managing for three losing seasons.
Wotus, 52, played briefly in the big leagues with Pittsburgh (he was a minor league teammate of Barry Bonds) and was a successful minor league manager in the Giants system before being added to then-manager Dusty Baker’s major league staff as third base coach in 1998.
He has served as bench coach under Baker, Felipe Alou and now Bruce Bochy.
Wotus has interviewed for several managerial positions in the past, and made especially solid impressions with the Dodgers and Pirates before they decided to go in other directions. His relatively low profile might have worked against him, but the success of Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon – another longtime bench coach and minor league manager – might work in Wotus’ favor.
Wotus is under contract with the Giants for next season but the club typically grants permission for staff members to interview for a higher position with other clubs.