The Red Sox' protracted managerial search may cost them one of their coaches.
Sox coaches -- while told they may be retained under the new manager -- were given permission to seek other jobs when Terry Francona departed, since the makeup of the 2012 coaching staff wouldn't be finalized until a hire was made. It's now nearly two months since Francona left, with no manager in place, and one of the Sox' coaches may be on his way out.
According Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, DeMarlo Hale -- the Sox' bench coach for the last two years, and their third-base coach from 2006-09 -- may become the Orioles' third-base coach. Hale was a coach in Texas for three years under current Baltimore manager Buck Showalter, and also managed in the Red Sox minor-league system from 1994-99 for current Orioles general manager Dan Duquette.
Hale is still under contract to the Red Sox and would have to be released from the deal in order to go to Baltimore. He recently interviewed for the Cubs' managerial position before Dale Sveum -- whom, ironically, Hale was hired to replace as Boston's third-base coach in 2006 -- was given the job.
Michael Felger on the report the Boston Bruins are in the mix for Steven Stamkos.
Many people think Kevin Durant-to-the-Celtics is a pipe dream.
But Bobby Marks of The Vertical isn't one of them.
Appearing on CBS Sports Radio's Gio and Jones Show, Marks said Durant's decision on where to play next year will be based on "a lot of different things. Does he go the one-year route that a lot of us think might be in play to get his years of service up to 10 and then next year he can really cash out? Can you win a championship going forward? I think that eliminates more than a handful of teams here, and then there’s also that stability factor and just how challenging it’s going to be for them to fit him in (from) a cap standpoint.
"Most of these teams that he will meet with will have to really gut a little bit of their roster outside of Oklahoma City and Boston.”
“Boston is kind of a wild card here,” Marks said. “They’re in the East, so you don’t have to bang your head against San Antonio, Golden State, Portland, the Clippers. Yes, you would have the NBA champs in your back yard with Cleveland, but basically you would really just have them and Toronto.
"And Boston’s got a lot of ways to improve in the future (with all of of their draft picks). Durant could walk into the Celtics meeting room and say, ‘Hey, I want to play with Al Horford,’ and they’ll be able to create room to do so. That’s why I kind of put Boston up there along with Oklahoma City.”