Bo Porter, who is one of the remaining manager candidates who has interviewed with the Pittsburgh Pirates, accepted a job as the third base coach with the Washington Nationals, according to Bill Brink at the Post Gazette. The move doesn’t necessarily mean Porter is out of the running for the job. Carlos Tosca interviewed with the team after being named the new bench coach for the Atlanta Braves.
Porter was said to be a favorite for the Florida position, although the Miami Herald is reporting that Edwin Rodriguez is expected to remain the manager in Florida. Reading between the lines, it doesn’t seem likely that Porter will get the Pirates’ job. It was announced today that the Pirates planned to speak to Clint Hurdle. They have received permission from the Texas Rangers to pursue Hurdle. Porter probably knows his standings in the race more than anyone, and the fact that he’s taking a position now seems like insurance, and doesn’t speak well for his chances at landing the Pirates’ position.