Don Mattingly was officially introduced as the Marlins' manager Monday, and he has already started thinking about who will join his staff. Mattingly is hoping bench coach Tim Wallach will join him as bench coach in Miami, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman noted Sunday Mattingly was interested in bringing both Wallach and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt to Miami, however adding Wallach might prove to be a challenge. Los Angeles could at the very least consider him a candidate to serve as their manager next season, but if he does not get the job, there might be a good chance he ends up on the Marlins' bench.
At his press conference, Mattingly said he "thinks" Mattingly will join his staff. If the Dodgers are determined to keep him in some capacity, most as notably manager, that could change quickly.
While Wallach would give the Marlins a veteran bench coach to complement Mattingly, who has both major league playing and managerial experience, adding pitching coach Rick Honeycutt would also likely prove to be beneficial. The Marlins have one of the younger pitching staffs in baseball, and Honeycutt has worked with both rookie and experienced arms.
Honeycutt worked with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, which would likely help him oversee the development of Jose Fernandez and Tom Koehler. Chuck Hernandez consistently dealt with an injured pitching staff, but Miami's pitching is the club's strong suit and having Honeycutt involved should prove to keep it that way. The challenge might be getting Honeycutt to leave Los Angeles.
If the Dodgers hire a manager other than Wallach, he might want to hire his own staff. However, Honeycutt has a good reputation and he could be retained either way.
Frisaro adds Perry Hill will return to Miami's staff, which was expected. Hill is thought to be one of the best assistant coaches in the game, and the Marlins likely asked Mattingly if he was willing to retain Hill during an interview. Lenny Harris will also serve as an assistant hitting coach.
Miami got the manager they wanted in Mattingly, and he will likely put together a strong staff. Now, the club's goal should be to consider how to improve the roster this winter.