Red Sox continue coaching staff interviews


Red Sox continue coaching staff interviews

The Red Sox are progressing in their search to fill out the coaching staff. According to a source, they have interviewed Victor Rodriguez for the hitting coach job, and Arnie Beyeler and David Howard for the first base coaching vacancy.Rodriguez, 51, just completed his sixth season as the Sox minor league hitting coordinator. He was the organizations Latin field coordinator for four seasons before that. Originally signed by the Orioles in 1977 at the age of 15, Rodriguez played 19 seasons in the minor leagues, including 31 games with Triple-A Pawtucket in 1995, and parts of two seasons in the big leagues, appearing in 17 games, with Orioles and Twins. He began coaching in 1995. His son Victor Luis is a scout for the Sox.Beyeler, 48, just completed his 12th season as a manager, and his ninth season in the Red Sox organization. He has managed Triple-A Pawtucket the last two seasons, leading the PawSox to the International League title in 2012, finishing in first place in the IL North in 2011. Prior to that, he managed Double-A Portland for four seasons. Beyeler played six seasons in the Tigers organization, before he began scouting for the Tigers. He began coaching in 1997 in the Yankees organization. He has worked in the Sox system since 2000, except 2006 when he served as hitting coach for the Padres Double-A affiliate.Howard, 45, joined the Sox organization in 2004 as a minor league coach and just completed his ninth season in the organization, third as minor league field coordinator. Prior to that, he was a special assistant to the general manager for two seasons and a scout for three seasons. Howard, a 32nd-round pick of the Royals in 1986, played parts of nine major league seasons with the Royals and Cardinals.The Sox have also spoken to Rick Schu, the former Diamondbacks hitting coach and currently the Nationals minor league hitting coordinator, about the hitting coach vacancy.
Hitting coach and first base coach are the two remaining vacancies. New manager John Farrell has said he is considering naming an assistant hitting coach also. Farrell has already hired Torey Lovullo to be bench coach, Juan Nieves as pitching coach, and Brian Butterfield as third base coach. Bullpen coach Gary Tuck is the only holdover from the 2012 staff. Alex Ochoa, the 2012 first base coach, told earlier this week he probably would not be returning to the organization for 2013.

Dombrowski, Red Sox making adjustments in wake of recent departures


Dombrowski, Red Sox making adjustments in wake of recent departures

In recent days and weeks, the Red Sox have lost their general manager, their vice president of amateur and international scouting, an assistant director of amateur scouting, a member of their analytics department and their mental skills coach.

But Dave Dombrowski, the team's president of baseball operations, insists that the team is not in danger of "brain drain.''

"No, not at all,'' said president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski in a conference call with reporters. "We've lost some good people, but it's also a situation where we have a lot of good people and I think when you have a good organization, if you're winning and you expose people to situations, (a certain amount of exodus) happens. I think the other part of it is that we're more than capable of filling some of those roles from an internal perspective. We've got some quality people and I think the thing that's great about it is, it allows people to grow.''

Dombrowski announced that, in the wake of the departure of Amiel Sawdaye, the former VP of amateur and international scouting who left Monday to become assistant GM of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Sox were promoting Eddie Romero, formerly the vice president of international scouting, to the position of senior vice president/ assistant GM.

Romero, the son of former Red Sox utility infielder Eddie Romero Sr. will help Dombrowski in personnel matters and player development, while Brian O'Halloran, who has the same title as Romero, will continue to handle administrative matters including salary arbitration and contactual negotiations.

After the departure of Mike Hazen, who left to become GM of the Diamondbacks last week, Dombrowski interviewed Sawdaye and Romero as Hazen's potential replacements before determining that neither had the necessary experience yet to become a major league GM.

Dombrowski said there would be additional internal promotions and adjustments to announce in the coming weeks. He added that senior advisors Frank Wren and Allard Baird, each former general managers, would see their responsibilities increase when it comes to conducting trade talks with other organizations.

Sawdaye's departure is one of several this off-season for the front office. Earlier this month, Steve Sanders, who had been the team's assistant director of amateur scouting, left to become director of amateur scouting for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Also, Tom Tippett, a longtime member of the team's statistical analysis staff, will leave soon too pursue other opportunities. The team recently informed mental skills coach Bob Tewksbury that his contact would not be renewed, according to the Boston Globe.

Dombrowski indicated that Laz Gutierrez would be promoted to take the place of Tewksbury.

In other news, Dombrowski revealed that the entire coaching staff -- hitting coach Chili Davis; assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez; first base coach Ruben Amaro Jr.; third base coach Brian Butterfield; bullpen coach Dana LeVangie; pitching coach Carl Willis; and bench coach Torey Lovullo -- had all agreed to return for 2017.

That, of course, is subject to change since Lovullo is believed to be a target of Hazen for Arizona's managerial vacancy.

Dombrowski said the Diamondbacks had yet to request permission to speak with Lovullo, though that may happen soon now that Hazen has hired Sawdaye to fill out his front office.

When Hazen was hired by the Diamondbacks, he was limited to hiring just one member of the Red Sox' Baseball Operations staff. But, Dombrowski added, that limit didn't apply to uniformed staff members such as Lovullo, who would be leaving for a promotion.