Former Philadelphia Phillies manager Larry Bowa was in Houston to meet with Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow. The buzz immediately went to the notion that Lunhow was going to interview Bowa for the open manager position.
However, Lunhow would not confirm whether that Bowa was a candidate for the Astros job but only said, "Larry is here to meet with me on some baseball related matters."
That is fairly vague, because "baseball related matters" can mean a lot of things, and the timing of this meeting has to make people feel that Bowa is a candidate until Lunhow publicly denies it.
Martinez has been the bench coach of the Rays since 2008 and also was the teams spring training coach for manager Joe Maddon the previous two seasons.