Tim Bogar who has spent time on the coaching staffs in Tampa Bay and Boston has been hired by the Rangers as bench coach on manager Ron Washington's staff.

Bogar replaces Jackie Moore who was let go shortly after the season and will also handle infield instruction. The Rangers will begin interviewing candidates to be first-base coach soon said general manager Jon Daniels. The ideal candidate will be able to coach catchers said Washington.

Bogar spent this season as the manager of Double A Arkansas in the Angels' organization.

"He had a reputation for being a very smart player and a very good reputation in the game for being a great communicator and generally a good baseball mind" Daniels said.

Bogar and Washington have a relationship that dates to the 1990s when Bogar was a minor-league player in the Mets organization and Washington was on the Triple A staff. Bogar said that he became a major-leaguer thanks to Washington's help.