Farrell's coaching search continues; Bogar appears out


Farrell's coaching search continues; Bogar appears out

BOSTON -- The Red Sox are scrambling to assemble a coaching staff in the wake of John Farrell's hiring earlier this week.

The Sox are some six weeks ahead of last season, when Bobby Valentine was hired in early December, but, still, time is of the essence, since the Sox are competing with other teams for the field of available coaches.

At least one other club (the Cleveland Indians) is also putting together a staff, and three other teams (Toronto, Miami and Colorado) are still looking for managers. Soon, they'll be hiring coaches, too.

Obviously, the faster the Sox move, the better position they'll be in.

The Sox have already tabbed -- but not announced -- Torey Lovullo as Farrell's bench coach. Lovullo managed Pawtucket in 2010, interviewed for the Sox' managerial opening last fall and served as Farrell's first-base coach in Toronto the last two seasons.

A number of other coaches from the Toronto staff, each free to seek jobs elsewhere, are also candidates for the Red Sox staff.

Brian Butterfield could be a candidate to be Farrell's third-base coach, though he may be interviewed for Toronto's managerial vacancy.

Two other Blue Jays coaches -- pitching coach Bruce Walton and bullpen coach Pete Walker - are also thought be under consideration as Farrell's pitching coach in Boston.

Rick Peterson, who has served as a major-league pitching coach for Oakland, the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers, remains something of a longshot candidate.

Peterson, who has some unorthodox views on pitching and has partnered with Dr. James Andrews to study the biochanics of pitching. He served last year as the Baltimore Orioles' minor-league pitching coordinator.

Former Red Sox bullpen coach Gary Tuck had hoped to return to Farrell's staff as bench coach, but that position will go to Lovullo. It's unknown whether Tuck would accept an offer to return as bullpen coach, or whether he could be a candidate for the pitching coach position.

There's a good chance that Alex Ochoa, who served as first-base coach and outfield instructor, could return to the same position under Farrell.

Tim Bogar, who has worked as both first- and third-base coach and last year served as bench coach, does not appear to be a candidate to return.

Bogar is regarded favorably by both Farrell and GM Ben Cherington, but, according to a source, a person in upper management remains unhappy that Bogar didn't work better with former manager Bobby Valentine.

Red Sox promote Eddie Romero assistant general manager, won't hire GM to replace Hazen


Red Sox promote Eddie Romero assistant general manager, won't hire GM to replace Hazen

The Red Sox on Tuesday named Eddie Romero senior vice president and assistant general manager. In a press release announcing the move, the team stated it will not fill the position of general manager for the time being. 

Romero’s promotion comes following the departure of general manager Mike Hazen, who left this month to become Arizona’ GM. Hazel brought Amiel Sawdaye, who had served as Boston’s vice president of international and amateur scouting, with him to the Diamondbacks, with Sawdaye serving as an assistant GM for Arizona. 

The 37-year-old Romero is the son of former Red Sox infielder Ed Romero Rr. Romero served last season as Boston’s vice president of international scouting, overseeing amateur scouting in Latin America, the Pacific Rim and Europe. 

Romero is in his 11th season with the Red Sox, having previously worked in international and professional scouting for the team and becoming Boston’s director of international scouting in 2012. 

Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona


Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona

The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.

Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.

The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".

The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.