The changes this off-season are of the fast and furious variety in the Dodgers’ front office, but the staff downstairs all gets to return.
Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ new president of baseball operations, said Friday that all of Manager Don Mattingly’s coaching staff has been invited back for 2015.
It’s been awhile since the coaching staff returned intact, but unless someone leaves of his own choice, Friedman said Tim Wallach, Rick Honeycutt, Davey Lopes, Mark McGwire, Lorenzo Bundy, Ken Howell, John Valentin and Chuck Crim are all expected back.
Last off-season, Wallach was moved from third base to bench coach, where he replaced Trey Hillman. Bundy was elevated from managing the Dodgers’ triple-A team to coaching third base.
Friedman also said during his conference call to discuss the hiring of new General Manager Farhan Zaidi that he expected to announce additional front office hires Thursday. There have been reports the Dodgers will hire ex-player Gabe Kapler as farm director.
Friedman also said the Dodgers have not officially heard back from the Hanley Ramirez camp since making him a qualifying offer. He has until Monday to accept or reject the $15.3-million offer.