Phightin Words: Filling out the pitching rotation
Carl Willis has served as a pitching coach for the Mariners (2010-present) and Indians (2003-09). (AP)
A report from the Seattle Times indicates the Phillies interviewed Mariners pitching coach Carl Willis on Friday to fill a vacancy that's yet to be filled since Rich Dubee was fired in October.
Willis has served as Seattle's pitching coach since August 2010, but new M's manager Lloyd McClendon has yet to announce who will remain on his staff.
Before joining the Mariners, Willis also served as Cleveland's pitching coach from 2003-09. Three pitchers from clubs he was coaching at the time have won Cy Young awards: CC Sabathia (2007) and Cliff Lee (2008) with the Indians, and Felix Hernandez (2010) with the Mariners.
As Hardball Talk points out, the Orioles also interviewed Willis earlier this offseason before ultimately hiring Dave Wallace.
General manager Ruben Amaro already admitted earlier this week that the search for a pitching coach has taken a little longer than expected (see story).