Two of the three finalists to replace Joe Maddon as Tampa Bay’s manager have deep Mariners ties: Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu.
The Rays identified Cleveland bullpen coach Kevin Cash as the other finalist Friday in a trimming a field of 10 candidates.
The job became open when Maddon exercised a departure clause in his contract after the season and subsequently agreed to a five-year deal to manage the Chicago Cubs.
Ibanez and Wakamatsu each finished this season with Kansas City — Ibanez as a player in his 19th season, and Wakamatsu as the bench coach to Royals manager Ned Yost. …