A couple of quick tidbits from A’s assistant GM David Forst that didn’t make their way into Tuesday’s Mark Ellis re-signing story:
–The A’s have interviewed candidates for the vacant spot on Bob Geren’s coaching staff, left open when first-base coach Tony DeFrancesco was re-assigned to the minors. It’s possible, but not definite, they could make a hire by the end of this week. The A’s are looking for someone who can coach the infield, duties that DeFrancesco also handled. Could anyone out there picture Mike Gallego handling this post? The former Athletic was recently let go from the Colorado Rockies’ coaching staff. Bringing him on board would strike a chord with fans who remember his playing days in Oakland, but he’s also said to be a candidate for the New York Yankees’ third-base coaching spot.
–A’s front office members recently spent time in Arizona watching some of their players participating in the Arizona Fall League and Instructional League. They’ll also take an interest in one young player taking the field far away from Phoenix. Michael Inoa, the 16-year-old pitching phenom they signed to a $4.25 million bonus in July, is beginning Instructional League at the team’s Dominican Republic headquarters. The league runs through December. Forst said a possible next step would be bringing Inoa to the United States to pitch for the Arizona Athletics, the A’s Phoenix-based rookie league team that begins play in June. Inoa turned 17 in September.
That’s all for now. Hope everyone enjoys the World Series …