Wire Taps: Nationals Lose Trent Jewett To Mariners' Bench

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals' manager Matt Williams is going to need a new third base coach as the Seattle Mariners confirmed on Monday that their new manager Lloyd McClendon had hired Nats' 3B coach Trent Jewett as his bench coach. Where will the Nationals turn for a new coach?

Now-former Washington Nationals' third base coach Trent Jewett told MLB.com's Greg Johns he thought the Seattle Mariners made a good choice when they went with Lloyd McClendon as their new manager.

"'I think a great deal of him,'" Jewett said. "'He's exceptionally resourceful and quick and intelligent. They hired a tremendous man.'"

McClendon made the choice to bring Jewett with him. A day after reports emerged which said the Nationals had granted permission for Seattle to talk to him about the job, the Mariners announced on Monday that Jewett was hired as the Mariners' bench coach. Jewett leaves the nation's capital after joining the Nationals in 2009 when he became the High-A Potomac Nationals' skipper.

New Nats' manager Matt Williams will now have the opportunity to fill another spot on his coaching staff. No word from the Nationals yet as to what direction they'll go. More info when it's available, until then it's links and lots of them starting... RIGHT NOW!!!:

• THE BIG STORY!!!:

• "The Nationals have expressed interest in Yankees free agent Boone Logan, according to a person familiar with the situation." - "The Nationals are interested in Boone Logan, and other notes from the GM meetings" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• NATS BEAT:

• "It turns out that new Nationals manager Matt Williams might need to tweak his coaching staff a little more than we originally thought." - "Nationals Pastime: Jewett Joins Mariners (updated)" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "Jewett’s departure means the Nats will need a new assistant to join Matt Williams for 2014." - "Trent Jewett leaves to join Seattle Mariners as bench coach" - Chase Hughes, Nats Insider

• "'I'm leaving the Nationals because I have a tremendous relationship with [McClendon], who wants me to be a bench coach, and I want to be there with him.'" - "Nationals' third-base coach Trent Jewett departs for Seattle" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• "The Nationals can’t begrudge Trent Jewett for leaving the organization and accepting a job as the Mariners’ new bench coach." - "Washington Nationals need to start working on coaching continuity" - Mark Zuckerman, Nats Insider

• "'This was a difficult decision,' Jewett said. 'It’s tough because the Nationals are a great organization. I love the people within.'" - "Trent Jewett hired by Mariners as bench coach" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "Mattheus never fully returned to form after rejoining the Nats on July 26, so it will be interesting to see what he looks like in spring training." - "Washington Nationals Roster Review: Ryan Mattheus" - Chase Hughes, Nats Insider

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama):

• NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

• "'We are very excited to add an excellent baseball man like Trent to our staff,' Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said." - "Lloyd McClendon names Trent Jewett as Mariners' bench coach" - Greg Johns, Mariners.com: News

• "A long line of teams interested in Samardzija if the Cubs decide to shop him starts with the Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks." - "Cubs confirm interest in Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka" - Gordon Wittenmyer, Chicago Sun-Times

• " In the past two years, Desmond has obviously shown the ability to perform in all four aspects in order to produce a .286 batting average. Before that, though…" - "Is Ian Desmond Risky?" - Eno Sarris, FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball

• "Of the 17 yes votes, here's the predicted breakdown of [David Price's] destination: Texas Rangers 9; Los Angeles Dodgers 4; Washington Nationals 1; St. Louis Cardinals 1; Los Angeles Angels 1; Houston Astros 1." - "Seven offseason questions for baseball executives" - Jerry Crasnick, ESPN

• "Some rival general managers remain skeptical that the Tigers, a team that's spent to win in recent years, would actually trade Scherzer." - "Tigers to teams: Open to trading either Scherzer or Porcello" - Jon Heyman, CBSSports.com

• NATSTOWN/MINORS:

• "What was noteworthy, as Mike told us later, was that he had much more trouble whittling the list down to a manageable number than compiling the original list, which contained 50-plus names." - "From the Desk of Mark D. Lerner: Kicking off the offseason" - Curly W Live

• "The first Nats pick in the 2013 MLB Draft at 68th overall is the ultimate hit-or-miss prospect." - "Baseball America’s Top Ten Nationals Prospects for 2014 - Part One" - Andrew Flax, The Nats Blog

• NL EAST UPDATES:

Mets: "For three years, Sandy Alderson has preached patience, asking Mets fans for time to rebuild and reorganize." - "Mets GM Sandy Alderson expected to be 'aggressive' in offseason" - Kristie Ackert, NY Daily News

Phillies: "Ruben Amaro Jr. whisked through the lobby of the J.W. Marriott Grande Lakes wearing a Bluetooth earpiece." - "Amaro's priority: finding a catcher" - Matt Gelb, Philadelphia Inquirer

Marlins: "Willingham has remained essentially the same player throughout his career, albeit with an increase in power through his early 30's..." - "This Day In Marlins History: Willingham, Olsen traded to Nationals" - Ben Estes, Fish Stripes


Braves: "For baseball fans who double as cinephiles, Turner Field also played home to an inexplicably far-fetched sequence near the end of the 2012 Clint Eastwood flick 'Trouble With the Curve.'" - "Atlanta Braves making a wise decision by departing Turner Field" - Jerry Crasnick, ESPN

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