Kennedy: Cherington's leading the search

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Kennedy: Cherington's leading the search

The notion that's arisen in the last day or two -- that general manager Ben Cherington is no longer in charge of the Red Sox managerial search -- couldn't be more wrong, according to the team's chief operating officer, Sam Kennedy.

"Absolutely. Yes, he is leading that process and he's been doing a great job," Kennedy said Friday afternoon to Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti on 98.5 The Sports Hub's 'Felger & Mazz' show, which is simulcast on Comcast SportsNet.

Early in the process, Cherington identified five candidates -- Dale Sveum, Pete Mackanin, Sandy Alomar Jr., Gene Lamont and Torey Lovullo -- and said there were no others. But Bobby Valentine's name surfaced Thursday and now there are reports that others are also involved.

Kennedy, however, said Cherington was being "respectful" of candidates that he hadn't named.

"I think that Ben was probably being respectful of other people that may or may not be under contract elsewhere." said Kennedy, "I'm not going to get too much into the details of the process, other than to say that there are there other people out there, there are conversations going on, and don't be surprised if you see other names pop up from time to time.

"To be clear, Ben Cherington is leading this process. He came into this job, I think, more prepared than even I knew. I knew he was ready, but I've been incredibly impressed by how he's done so far."

Kennedy also explained a bit about the process of choosing a manager.

"I think there's a misperception out there about how things work," he said. "We have a very collaborative way of doing things over here . . . Larry Lucchino is the president and CEO of this ballclub. He's got responsibility for the business side and the baseball side. I report to Larry on the business side, Ben reports to Larry on the baseball side. That was the same structure we had when Theo Epstein was here.

"Owners John Henry and Tom Werner are involved in every major decision, but they have other business interests . . . They're involved in some of the day-to-day decisions of the ballclub, but not all of them. But, certainly, choosing the next manager of the Boston Red Sox is going to be a collaborative process . . .

"We're not in a rush, but we are committed to finding the right guy."

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Never say never?

While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.

CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season. 

For the full interview with Martinez, click here.

Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired. 

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

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Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.

Chris Sale.

The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.

But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.

“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.

“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”

He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.

He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.

But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.

“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”