The Orioles are getting closer to finalizing their coaching staff for 2012.
According to an industry source, former Brewers bullpen coach Bill Castro will take over that role with the Orioles and Boston Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale will become the Orioles' new third base coach if he doesn't stay in Boston.
Hale, 50, is still under contract with the Red Sox, who have yet to name a new manager, and therefore his future with that club is uncertain. The Orioles hope to know for sure whether Hale will join them this week.
The Orioles are considering other options if Hale remains in Boston.
Hale, who was on Orioles manager Buck Showalter's coaching staff in Texas from 2003 to 2005, has spent the past six seasons as a coach for Red Sox, including four as a third base coach. A former first baseman/outfielder in the minors, Hale also would be in charge of infield instruction.
Showalter was looking for an experienced third base coach to replace Willie Randolph and Hale fits that requirement. Long considered a future manager, Hale likely would have been a candidate for the Orioles' managerial job this offseason if Showalter had moved to the front office.
Castro, 59, spent 10 seasons as a major league pitcher, almost all as a reliever, with the Brewers, New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals. He spent nearly two decades as a bullpen coach and, briefly, a pitching coach with the Brewers.
A native of the Dominican Republic, Castro would be the Orioles' lone Spanish-speaking coach.
The Orioles other four coaches are: Jim Presley (hitting), Rick Adair (pitching) Wayne Kirby (outfield/first base) and John Russell (bench/catching).
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