A’s talk to Hansen as batting coach after Angels give their OK

The A’s have been able to add another strong candidate for the club’s open batting coach position.

When Chili Davis took off to be the batting coach with the Boston Red Sox, Oakland thought about trying to hire Dave Hansen, the former Dodgers’s and Mariners’ batting coach who was the Angels’ assistant hitting coach this past season.

But it seemed as if the Angels weren’t going to give the A’s permission to talk to him.

That changed Wednesday when Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times tweeted that Angels’ general manager Jerry DiPoto said he’d given the A’s permission to talk with Oakland. More than that, Hansen has already interviewed with the A’s and a decision could be forthcoming by this weekend.

The A’s haven’t spelled out their priorities in replacing Davis, but it seems that Hansen and Dave Magadan, the former Red Sox and Yankees batting coach are the top candidates.

Hansen spent two years as the Dodgers’ hitting coach 2011-12, then moved to Seattle for the 2013 season. This year he was the assistant hitting coach in Anaheim with the Angels, but was the de facto hitting coach after Don Baylor suffered a fractured right femur on opening day.

Meanwhile, Magadan learned this week that the Yankees were going in a different direction and it seemed like his 2012 employer, the Texas Rangers, were, too. But Magadan met with new coach Jeff Bannister Wednesday, so it’s possible he will return to Texas.

And it should be noted that Jose Canseco tweeted Wednesday he’d like to be the next Oakland hitting coach. Consider that a long, long shot, like some of Canseco’s homers while playing with the A’s from 1985-92.

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.