Leiter: 'You're not going to have a manager that's gonna be more prepared'

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Leiter: 'You're not going to have a manager that's gonna be more prepared'

Al Leiter, current MLB analyst and former player, joined SportsNet Central to discuss his experiences playing under new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine.

Leiter sung high praises for his former manager.

"I enjoyed my time with Bobby. I think there's a lot of reasons why both sides of the ledger here can give reasons why they like it or not. I can tell you as a starting pitcher that was on his staff, he allowed me to pitch, he left me alone, I knew my routine. Yes, does he like to cover a lot? Yes, he's involved in every aspect of the coaching staff and the managing, but I always thought when I looked at the end of the dugout, when Bobby Valentine was my manager, there were certain guys where you looked down and say 'do I have a guy that knows what he's doing, is he in charge and does he have it covered?' And Bobby does.

"You're not going to have a manager that's gonna be more prepared and knows baseball -- x's and o's -- and the baseball IQ better than Bobby."

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.