Despite having a year left on his contract, pitching coach Carl Willis was fired as the Mariners continue the purge of former manager Eric Wedge’s staff. The Seattle Times also reported that bullpen coach Jaime Navarro was going to be reassigned to the minor leagues.
Earlier, bench coach Robby Thompson was fired ahead of the appointment of Wedge’s successor, Lloyd McClendon. Thompson was the interim manager when Wedge missed a month of the season after a stroke.
First base coach Mike Brumley, another coach who had a two-year deal, told the team he was taking a job with the Chicago Cubs of assistant hitting coach. Third base coach Jeff Datz was told he’d be re-assigned to a scouting position if he chose to stay with the organization.
Willis said he interviewed for vacancies in Baltimore and Philadelphia but did not get the jobs, and sought out Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik to see if he could stay in Seattle.
“He told me he felt it would be too awkward for me to come back with everything that had happened,” Willis told the Times, referring to Wedge’s abrupt departure from the organization.
Only third base coach Daren Brown, hitting coach Dave Hansen and bullpen catch Jason Phillips remain.