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Giants and Royals Both Interested in KC Assistant Pedro Grifol for Manager Job

SURPRISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 25:  Coach Pedro Grifol of the Kansas City Royals poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Surprise Stadium on February 25, 2016 in Surprise, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Royals could very well keep things in-house in replacing Ned Yost as manager. Catching and quality control coach Pedro Grifol is reported to be a candidate for the gig, but it would appear that the club will have some competition from other teams around the league.

Per MLB insider Ken Rosenthal -- and confirmed by reporter Jon Heyman -- the San Francisco Giants brought Grifol in for an interview on Thursday. As we know, Bay Area legend Bruce Bochy retired at the end of the 2019 campaign himself.

The 49-year-old Grifol obviously isn't as sought-after as a couple of the other skippers on the market like John Maddon and Joe Girardi, but he has A LOT going for him.

For starters, he served in virtually every role that a professional ball club has to offer. For Kansas City, he has manned the positions of a special assignment coach, minor league coach, and hitting coach, among the aforementioned catching and quality control roles.

The Royals braintrust even credits him for the development of franchise stars Jorge Soler, Adalberto Mondesi, and Salvador Perez.

KC will likely need to make an enticing offer to Grifol, as it doesn't bode extremely well that their assistant has already interviewed with another club.

We'll provide updates on the race to sign Grifol as soon as they are made available, so stay tuned.