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With Chili heading to Red Sox, A’s have 2 open coaching slots

The Red Sox have lured Chili Davis away from the A's to be Boston's new batting coach.

The Red Sox have lured Chili Davis away from the A’s to be Boston’s new batting coach.

The A’s will have to make room for two new coaches heading into 2015 with Chili Davis having agreed to move to the Boston Red Sox Sunday as the new batting coach.

The A’s had already lost their bench coach when Chip Hale left last week to take over as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The A’s likely will move quickly to find a replacement for Davis. One highly qualified candidate would be Dave Magadan, who spent the last couple of years coaching the Texas Rangers. With the hiring of a new manager, Jeff Bannister, all Rangers coaches have been told they are free to explore other options.

Two men who have been hitting coaches before for A’s manager bob Melvin when he managed the Arizona Diamondbacks might be of interest. Rich Schu is the current Washington Nationals batting coach and Kevin Seitzer is the batting coach with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Melvin also worked well in 2004 with Paul Molitor as his batting coach in Seattle, but both men were fired at the end of the season. Molitor is a coach with the Minnesota Twins currently.

Looking in house, minor league roving hitting instructor Marcus Jensen might get a look, as might Triple-A hitting coach Greg Sparks and Double-A hitting coach Webster Garrison.

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.