The Orioles have added two former Cubs staffers to new manager Brandon Hyde’s coaching staff, according to reports.
Per Patrick Mooney of The Athletic (Twitter link), former Cubs minor-league field/catching coordinator Tim Cossins will join the Orioles’ coaching staff. Cossins, 48, previously managed in the Marlins’ system before joining the Cubs in 2012. He also had an eight-year playing career in the minors and served as the Royals’ bullpen catcher after he retired. Mooney cites Cossins as a “key behind-the-scenes figure” in Chicago’s ascension over the last few seasons.
Jose Flores, last year’s first-base coach for the Phillies, will also join the Baltimore staff in the upcoming season, reports Joe Trezza of MLB.com (also via Twitter). Flores, 47, also joined Chicago’s staff in 2012 and remained there through the 2017 season before being added to Gabe Kapler’s staff with the Phillies last season. Flores also has a fair bit of managerial experience under his belt, having managed in Puerto Rico for eight years in addition to a one-year stint managing the Indians’ Dominican Summer League affiliate and as the manager for Team Puerto Rico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.