Red Sox fans finally have a name to go with the Sox' managerial search - Pete Mackanin.
According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the Red Sox are scheduled to interview the Phillies' current bench coach on Monday.
Mackanin has never been a full time manager in the major leagues, but has held the position on an interim basis, twice. In 2005 he took over the Pirates job from Lloyd McClendon, going 12-14. In 2007, he took over the Reds job from Jerry Narron, going 41-39.
Mackanin, 60, managed in the minors for 13 seasons. In 1995 he was named the Sporting News minor-league manager of the year. He beganhis major-league coaching career in 1997 with Montreal as third-base coach, and was later a bench coach with the Pirates. Mackanin has also been a scout for the Yankees and Reds.
Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.
"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."
No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .
. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.
Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.
Terms of the deals were not announced.
It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.