According to Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball, Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu has interviews scheduled with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies for their managerial openings.
Wakamatsu, who recently finished his third year as the Royals bench coach, has been a coach for the Rangers, Athletics, and Blue Jays organizations while serving as a scout in the Yankees organization as well. He has served a key role under Ned Yost's teams that made back-to-back World Series appearances in 2014 and 2015.He also served a season-and-a-half stint as the manager of the Seattle Mariners, where he led them to 85-77 finish in 2009 before getting fired due to an abysmal 42-70 start in 2010.
The Rockies are in the hunt for a manager after the departure of manager Walt Weiss, who stepped down at the end of the 2016 season in which the Rockies finished 75-87. Wakamatsu joins a long list of candidates in the running for this job including Miami bench coach Tim Wallach, Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., and Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez among others.
Arizona is in the market for a manager after the team's 69-93 2016 campaign led the Diamondbacks organization to show manager Chip Hale and GM Dave Stewart the door. Wakamatsu is just the latest name to come up in the search, as this news comes on the heels of another Jon Heyman report that the team has also set up an interview with broadcaster and former big leaguer Alex Cora. But the feeling around baseball is that Torey Lovullo, the Red Sox bench coach, is the favorite for the position due to his strong ties to new GM Mike Hazen. Heyman went as far as to say that "it would be an upset" if anyone but Lovullo was hired. Even with favorites, Hazen has stated that he would like to interview roughly 5-7 candidates.