Russell makes five
I apologize in advance for the latest incremental update on the coaching staff, but I can now write that John Russell is a done deal and he'll be joining manager Buck Showalter's staff.
The Orioles still have to work out some "offsetting provisions" with the Pittsburgh Pirates because they have Russell under contract after firing him as manager last month. But everything else has been settled and he'll be joining the group that includes pitching coach Mark Connor, bullpen coach Rick Adair, hitting coach Jim Presley and first base coach Wayne Kirby.
What hasn't been decided is whether Russell will be Showalter's bench coach or he'll coach third base. That depends on Showalter's final hire. That position will likely be filled by an infield coach. Candidates include former New York Mets manager Willie Randolph, New York Yankees third base coach Rob Thomson and Triple-A Norfolk manager Bobby Dickerson.