Randolph, O's talking about final coaching spot, but deal not yet reached
If the Orioles can work out a deal with former New York Mets manager Willie Randolph, Buck Showalter's quest to complete his coaching staff will finally be over.
The Orioles are negotiating with Randolph, who spent last season as the Milwaukee Brewers' bench coach, for the final spot on Showalter's staff, according to team sources. As the Juan Samuel situation proved this month, it's not a given that the two sides will reach an agreement.
If a deal is finalized, Randolph would work with the Orioles' infielders and either coach third or serve as Showalter's bench coach. Randolph was Showalter's third base coach with the New York Yankees in 1994 and 1995.
Former Pittsburgh Pirates manager John Russell would fill whichever role Randolph doesn't between third base and bench coach.
Meanwhile, Gary Allenson, who served as the Orioles' third base coach when manager Dave Trembley was fired in June and stayed in that capacity for the rest of the season, is expected to return to managing Triple-A Norfolk. Allenson was at the organizational meetings, so he remains very much in the Orioles' plans.
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