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Dodgers coaches told they’re free to look elsewhere

Mark McGwire

Hitting coach Mark McGwire talks with Justin Turner as the Dodgers take batting practice before a game against the San Diego Padres on Oct. 2, 2015.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Change has come to the Dodgers and more is on the way.

A new manager typically means a new coaching staff, which is exactly what is likely to happen with the Dodgers after they parted ways with Don Mattingly on Thursday.

Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman said the coaches had been contacted Thursday and told they were free to pursue other job opportunities.

“We talked to them this morning, reached out to various guys,” Friedman said. “Obviously we wished we had more answers to provide. We don’t. This process is just getting underway.

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“Out of respect to those guys, we appreciate the timing element of this, and so we told them they’re free to look elsewhere. To the extent that happens and something winds up that makes sense to them and their family, we understand. To the extent they’re still available when we hire a manager, than obviously that will be a conversation we’ll have with the new manager at that time.”

Friedman said all coaching contracts expired at the end of the season.

The Dodgers’ primary coaching staff in 2015 included Tim Wallach (bench), Rick Honeycutt (pitching), Mark McGwire (hitting), Davey Lopes (first base, running), Ron Roenicke (third base), Lorenzo Bundy (outfield), Chuck Crim (bullpen) and John Valentin (assistant hitting).

Wallach and Roenicke are considered candidates to replace Mattingly.

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