Prior to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ season coming to an end, which has led to rumors of front-office turnover, the team lost vice president and director of player development, De Jon Watson, to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The move coincided with the D-Backs hiring former agent, Dave Stewart, as the new senior vice president and general manager. The hiring came two days prior to Kirk Gibson being fired and the D-Backs later asked for and were granted permission to interview Dodgers’ third base coach Lorenzo Bundy for the vacancy.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports, Bundy is no longer a candidate for the manager position. With an announcement expected Monday, former Dodgers manager is one of four final candidates:
The officials, unauthorized to speak publicly since no decision has been made, said the final four candidates are Phil Nevin, manager of Class AAA Reno; Chip Hale, the Oakland Athletics bench coach; and Sandy Alomar Jr., the Cleveland Indians’ bench coach.
Bundy previously worked for the Diamondbacks as a hitting coach in their Minor League ranks, a bench coach and most recently as their first base coach in 2009. Bundy managed the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in 2007 and 2008, then returned to organization in 2010 and managed the Arizona rookie level team.
After managing Triple-A Albuquerque from 2011-2013, Bundy was promoted to third base coach with the Dodgers in 2014 to replace Tim Wallach, who was moved to bench coach. While Bundy didn’t make the final cut with the Diamondbacks, there has yet to be any public assurance he will retain his position with the Dodgers next season.
While manager Don Mattingly said Thursday he expects to return in 2015, he wouldn’t say the same for the entire coaching staff.