Orioles agree with Adair as bullpen coach
Rick Adair, the former Seattle Mariners pitching coach, will be joining hitting coach Jim Presley on Buck Showalter’s 2011 staff.
Adair will become the Orioles’ bullpen coach, replacing Alan Dunn, who has been offered a job working with minor league pitchers in the organization.
According to an industry source, Adair and Presley have agreed to two-year deals with the Orioles, though some contractual language is still being worked out.
That leaves four spots open on Showalter’s staff: pitching coach and bench coach as well as third base and first base coaches who will also have dual responsibility for infield and outfield instruction.
Adair, 52, has spent seven years as a major league pitching coach, including the past two seasons with the Mariners. He was fired in August along with Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu, who is the leading candidate to become Showalter’s bench coach.
Presley is traveling and could not be reached for comment. Adair declined to comment until an official Orioles announcement is made.