LOS ANGELES -- New Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was introduced at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, but as of now he is the only uniformed coaching personnel on the team. Though the bulk of his first staff in Los Angeles figures to be filled this week, before the club heads to Nashville for the winter meetings.
Most notable among potential coaches is current Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler, who was runner-up to Roberts in the Dodgers' managerial search. President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman confirmed that Kapler would remain in the organization, but did not specify his role going forward.
"He definitely will be [in the organization]. We've been focused on [the managerial hire] and haven't gotten into it," Friedman said. "[Kapler] had a great impact last year in his role, and I definitely assume he will continue to impact the Dodgers going forward."
That role for Kapler could be as a member of Roberts' staff.
"We talked about it, still talking through it. When you're putting together a staff, you want all the pieces of the puzzle to fit. It does excite me to have impact people as potential coaches. I love to be around people who are smarter and who are passionate and challenging," Roberts said. "He's definitely in the mix, and obviously in one year as a farm director he made an impact and that he was a legitimate major league managing candidate speaks to his credibility in the game."
Another potential hire is Rick Honeycutt, who has been the pitching coach for the last 10 years, and was the Dodgers' minor league pitching coordinator when Roberts was a player in Los Angeles (2002-2004). Honeycutt was rumored to be closing in on a two-year deal to return a month ago, but nothing is finalized as of yet.
"We've talked about Honey," Roberts said. "Honey's in the mix, and I think the world of Honey."
Roberts, who said he will lean on Friedman and general manager Farhan Zaidi for help in the coaching search, laid out his ideal criteria for joining his staff.
"I want teachers. I think that sometimes people at this level get caught up in feeling we can just roll out the ball and let these guys play. I want teachers, and I want leaders, and I want guys around me who will challenge me, and help me grow. I'm going to do the same thing," Roberts said. "I want the players to know that the coaches around them are there to make them better, that they trust them, and they care about them. If a coach can check those three boxes, then I'm all in."