Source: Sox shifting Bogar to bench coach

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Source: Sox shifting Bogar to bench coach

The Red Sox plan to announce their 2012 coaching staff in the next day or two, but they've apparently made a decision on what to do with at least one of the returnees.
A baseball source said Tuesday that Tim Bogar, the third-base coach since 2010, will be shifted to bench coach, with the team hiring a third-base coach -- likely Jerry Royster, a longtime friend of Valentine's -- from outside the organization.
Bogar, who played for Valentine when Valentine managed the New York Mets, has talked to the manager about serving as bench coach.
Less certain is what they plan to do about a pitching coach.
Rick Peterson, who has major league experience with the Oakland A's, New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers, had great interest in the position, but has told friends in baseball that Bobby Valentine doesn't seem receptive to hiring him.
A baseball source said Brad Arnsberg, who has served as the pitching coach for Florida, Toronto and Houston, is out of the running for the Sox' staff. Arnsberg, who worked with Josh Beckett in Florida, interviewed with GM Ben Cherington on the final day of the winter meetings earlier this month.
Internally, the Red Sox could turn to Bob McClure, whom they hired earlier this offseason after McClure was fired from his position as pitching coach with the Kansas City Royals.
McClure was hired with the idea that he would serve as an instructor and scout, but he remains in the running for the pitching coach's role, too.
Finally, the team must hire a replacement for Ron Johnson at first base.

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