ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Pitching coach Mike Maddux and hitting coach Dave Magadan will remain on the Texas Rangers’ coaching staff with new manager Jeff Banister.

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Now that the offseason has officially begun, Matthew Pouliot takes a look at the top 150 free agents.

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Well, distraught Los Angeles Dodgers fans, here’s something that might cheer you up a tad bit after watching your bitter rivals win the World Series — the Dodgers are the early favorites to win the 2015 World Series, according to online sportsbook Bovada . The Washington Nationals share that honor with the Dodgers. Both teams, which were knocked out in the NLDS this season, are listed at 15/2 odds. The San Francisco Giants, whose World Series win hasn’t even dried yet, ranked fifth at 12/1. The Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels are just ahead of the Giants, both carrying 10/1 odds. Here’s Bovada’s complete rundown: Los Angeles Dodgers 15/2 Washington Nationals 15/2 Detroit Tigers 10/1 Los Angeles Angels 10/1 San Francisco Giants 12/1 St. Louis Cardinals 12/1 Kansas City Royals 16/1 Seattle Mariners 18/1 Baltimore Orioles 20/1 Oakland Athletics 20/1 Pittsburgh Pirates 20/1 Atlanta Braves 22/1 Boston Red Sox 22/1 New York Yankees 22/1 Cleveland Indians 25/1 Cincinnati Reds 33/1 Tampa Bay Rays 33/1 Texas Rangers 33/1 Toronto Blue Jays 33/1 Chicago White Sox 40/1 Milwaukee Brewers 40/1 New York Mets 40/1 Chicago Cubs 50/1 Miami Marlins 50/1 San Diego Padres 66/1 Philadelphia Phillies 75/1 Arizona Diamondbacks 100/1 Colorado Rockies 100/1 Houston Astros 100/1 Minnesota Twins 100/1 For context’s sake, we’ll point out that the Dodgers topped the list when Bovada released its day-after-the-World Series odds last year too. There were listed at 7/1. The Giants were 18/1. We all know how both of those worked out. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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He keeps a pretty low profile. It’s only on nights like Wednesday, when a party erupts in the clubhouse and the Giants are once again kings of Major League Baseball, that you really zero in on what manager Bruce Bochy has accomplished leading this club. With the Giants’ 3-2 victory over the Royals in Wednesday’s Game 7, Bochy became just the 10th manager in history to win three World Series titles. The other nine form a legendary list that spans the decades – Walter Alston, Sparky Anderson, Miller Huggins, Tony La Russa, Connie Mack, Joe McCarthy, John McGraw, Casey Stengel, and Joe Torre. All nine are in the Hall of Fame. [RELATED:  Eight World Series items headed to Cooperstown ] Bochy’s three rings tie McGraw for the most won by any Giants skipper. Since taking over the Giants before the 2007 season, Bochy has navigated the path to World Series crowns in 2010, 2012 and now 2014. In the process, the Giants have dispatched 10 consecutive postseason foes. In 2010, they beat the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers. In 2012, they took care of the Cincinnati Reds, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Detroit Tigers. This fall, they toppled the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Wild Card game, then advanced past the Washington Nationals and the Cardinals before beating Kansas City in seven games for a third championship. Bochy was asked the question that’s likely to generate plenty of debate in the coming days: Are the Giants a dynasty? “The fact that we’re even mentioned like that is an honor,” Bochy said. “We had a couple off-years in there, but you get three (titles) in five years, that says a lot about this club.” Joe Stiglich is CSNBayArea.com’s A’s Insider. Follow him on Twitter  @JoeStiglichCSN .

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NEW YORK (AP) — There’s a World Series going on, television fans. Not that many people seem to care.

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TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays claimed Seattle Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak off waivers Tuesday.

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MIAMI (AP) — A trial date has been set for four men charged in Major League Baseball’s performance-enhancing drugs scandal.

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Even though Jason Vargas will be making his World Series debut for Kansas City in Game 4, the Fall Classic atmosphere in San Francisco will not be foreign to him. Four years ago, while home for the offseason in Arizona, Vargas and his wife decided to fly to San Francisco to watch Game 1 of the 2010 World Series between the Giants and Texas Rangers. The Giants won 11-7 on the way to their first World Series title in San Francisco.

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Jeff Banister will be named manager of the Texas Rangers, multiple outlets report Thursday, beating out interim manager Tim Bogar, along with several outside candidates. This would be Banister’s first managerial job in the majors, though he has lots of minor-league experience as a skipper (along with just about every other staff position). Banister (one “N”) is what they call “a lifer.” He has been the bench coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates since 2010, which pre-dates manager Clint Hurdle, and has been a coach with the Bucs, in the majors and minors, since 1993. He played from 1986-93 in the minors for all but one plate appearance in the big leagues. Banister, 49, has interviewed for other major league manager’s positions, notably with the Houston Astros this offseason, and with the Pirates, before they hired Hurdle for the 2011 season. What makes Banister the choice for the Rangers? Those most familiar with him say it’s not only his baseball smarts, but also his communication skills. Banister also is said to be a proponent of sabermetrics, though more major league coaches probably are than we realize. Pirates blogger Pat Lackey writes at Where Have You Gone Andy Van Slyke? : Ever since Ben Lindbergh published this story at Grantland about the unique and effective way that the Pirates’ front office and coaching staff communicate, I’ve been expecting Pirate coaches to start being poached by other clubs. Banister is always mentioned as being involved with the infield positioning alongside Hurdle and he’s the guy mentioned as being on the phone with Mike Fitzgerald (the stats guy the Pirates have travel with the team) in Lindbergh’s article, and so it makes sense that any front office that’s had trouble communicating with their coaching staff would be immediately attracted to someone from the Pirates’ coaching staff. It wasn’t a surprise when he almost got Houston’s job a few weeks ago, and it’s not a surprise at all that Texas wants him, especially given that Texas was Clint Hurdle’s last stop before Pittsburgh. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the hiring first, though the Rangers had yet to confirm it. Banister tweeted this Wednesday morning: “The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.” – Joel Brown — Jeff Banister (@Bannyrooster28) October 15, 2014   Banister’s one appearance as a player in the big leagues came in July 1991, when he pinch-hit for Doug Drabek. Banister hit an infield single and played two innings of a 12-3 victory against the Braves, but was sent back to the minors shortly thereafter. Banister has been deserving of a chance, and also seems to be one of the better candidates out there who’s never managed. Seems like a good hire by general manager Jon Daniels. But — what about Bogar? He was Ron Washington’s bench coach until Washington stepped down. Like Banister, Bogar is a lifer, though he had more time in the majors. From the Dallas Morning News : It is uncertain what will happen with Bogar, who was the Rangers bench coach before Ron Washington’s resignation on Sept. 5. Bogar went 14-8 in the three weeks until the season’s end, but the Rangers said they would conduct a thorough search for the new manager. Bogar did not immediately respond to a request for comment.   More MLB coverage at Yahoo Sports:    – - – - – - – David Brown is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rdbrown@yahoo-inc.com and follow him on Twitter! Follow @AnswerDave  

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