Indians in talks to bring in Showalter as adviser

Updated: November 10, 2006, 8:25 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Buck Showalter, fired as manager of the Texas Rangers after last season, could soon join the Cleveland Indians as an adviser to general manager Mark Shapiro.

Showalter is considering an offer to assist Shapiro and advise the Indians' operations staff, Shapiro said in an e-mail Friday night.

"This is something we hope presents him with an attractive option as he considers his next step," Shapiro said. "We know we could benefit from his unique experiences and baseball intellect."

Showalter was dismissed after the Rangers went 80-92, the club's sixth losing season in seven years since last making the playoffs in 1999. Showalter, who also managed the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks, was 319-329 in four seasons in Texas.

Showalter is still owed $5.1 million for the three seasons left on his contract.

Shapiro has hired former big-league managers Terry Francona and Mike Hargrove in recent years to fill a similar role to the one offered Showalter.

The 50-year-old Showalter was the AL's manager of the year two years ago. But the Rangers never finished higher than third under him. The Yankees and Diamondbacks both won the World Series the year after Showalter left those teams.

In Cleveland, Showalter could also fulfill some of the front office experience lost when John Farrell, the Indians former director of player development, left to become Boston's pitching coach.

Showalter hasn't decided if he wants to pursue another managerial job.

Shapiro and manager Eric Wedge are entering the final years of their contracts with the Indians, who were a major disappointment in 2006 after winning 93 games and just missing the AL playoffs the previous season.

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