Red Sox announce minor league coaching staffs

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Red Sox announce minor league coaching staffs

PAWTUCKET, R.I Along with introducing Gary DiSarcina as the new manager for Triple-A Pawtucket Friday afternoon, the Sox also announced the rest of their minor league coaching staffs.

One position is still open, however. The Sox have yet to name a new minor league hitting coordinator. The position was vacated when Victor Rodriguez was promoted to be the major league teams assistant hitting coach.

The minor league staffs are:

Pawtucket (Triple-A, International League)
Manager: Gary DiSarcina
Pitching Coach: Rich Sauveur
Hitting Coach: Dave Joppie
Athletic Trainer: Jon Jochim

Portland (Double-A, Eastern League)
Manager: Kevin Boles
Pitching Coach: Bob Kipper
Hitting Coach: Rich Gedman
Athletic Trainer: Brandon Henry

Salem (High-A, Carolina League)
Manager: Billy McMillon
Pitching Coach: Kevin Walker
Hitting Coach: Nelson Paulino
Athletic Trainer: David Herrera

Greenville (Single-A, South Atlantic League)
Manager: Carlos Febles
Pitching Coach: Paul Abbott
Hitting Coach: Tim Hyers
Athletic Trainer: Mackenzie Zabbo

Lowell (Short-A, New York-Penn League)
Manager: Bruce Crabbe
Pitching Coach: Walter Miranda
Hitting Coach: Noah Hall
Athletic Trainer: TBA

Gulf Coast (Rookie, Gulf Coast League)
Manager: Darren Fenster
Pitching Coach: Dick Such
Hitting Coach: U.L. Washington
Coach: Dave Tomlin
Coach: Tom Kotchman
Athletic Trainer: Mauricio Elizondo

Dominican Summer (Rookie, Dominican Summer League)
Manager: Jose Zapata
Pitching Coach: Amaury Telemaco
Pitching Coach: Oscar Lira
Coach: Junior Zamora
Coach: Wilton Veras
Coach: Aly Gonzalez
Coaching Assistant: Claudio Sanchez
Athletic Trainer: Guillermo
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Antonio Diaz

Patriots sign TE Rob Housler to future contract

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Patriots sign TE Rob Housler to future contract

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have signed free-agent tight end Rob Housler to a future contract. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound target last played for the Bears but was released at the end of training camp.

Housler won't be eligible to participate with the Patriots during the postseason, but he will be available for the offseason program and training camp leading up to the 2017 campaign. 

Housler taken in the third round by the Cardinals with the 69th overall selection in 2011. In 65 career games, he has 109 catches for 1,166 yards and one touchdown. 

The Patriots may have been intrigued by Housler's skill set last summer when he caught one pass for 52 yards -- making two Patriots defenders miss in the process -- during a preseason game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots and Bears held joint training camp practices in August that would have given Patriots coaches and scouts a closer look at everything Housler has to offer as a player. 

Housler was one of the better athletes at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2011, running a 4.55-second 40-yard dash (fastest among tight ends), posting a 6.9-second three-cone drill, and recording a 37-inch vertical leap.

Bill Belichick and his staff hit big on a future-contract signing two years ago when a running back with a significant injury history was available to scoop up at the behest of then-assistant to the coaching staff Michael Lombardi. Since then, the Patriots still have never lost with Dion Lewis in uniform.