Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington was hired Thursday as a major league coach by the Oakland Athletics, returning to the club where he was a coach for 11 years.

Washington’s defensive expertise will be a key addition given the team’s struggles in the field. Oakland is last in the AL West and leads the majors in errors with 44 errors

The 63-year-old former Twins infielder has been working with youth and college players in his native New Orleans. He led the Rangers to AL pennants in 2010 and ’11.

Washington resigned as Rangers manager last Sept. 5, saying he needed to devote his full attention to an “off-the-field personal matter.” Washington later acknowledged he had broken wife Gerry’s trust.