Seattle Mariners

M's could announce coaches within days

SEATTLE - The Seattle Mariners have all but settled their coaching staff for 2008, and an announcement is expected within days.

Mariners manager John McLaren said Thursday that most positions are set, but no announcement would be made until every job is filled.

"We're finalizing things now and should have something to announce shortly," McLaren said. "Not everybody is lined up yet."

McLaren planned to be in Seattle early next week to meet with team executives as they plot the team's offseason course for possible trades and signings.

Only hitting coach Jeff Pentland will return from the 2007 coaching staff. Among the expected hires for the 2008 staff are Mel Stottlemyre as pitching coach, Jim Riggleman as bench coach, Larry Bowa as third-base coach, Eddie Rodriguez as first-base coach and Norm Charlton as bullpen coach.