DALLAS -- Before leaving the winter meetings here, general manager Ben Cherington met with Brad Arnsberg to talk about the Red Sox' pitching coach vacancy.
Arnsberg has been a major league pitching coach with three organizations -- the Florida Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays and, most recently, the Houston Astros.
Arnsberg, who lives in nearby Arlington, was fired by the Astros in the middle of last season following a few dugout disputes with Brad Mills.
Josh Beckett worked with Arnsberg when Beckett pitched for the Marlins.
Cherington confirmed the meeting and said it "went well,'' but added that the Sox intend to speak to a "few'' other candidates for the position.
The Sox have retained three members of the coaching staff from last season -- Dave Magadan, Tim Bogar and Gary Tuck. They allowed Curt Young to return to the Oakland A's after one year with the Sox.
Boston must also hire two more coaches. There's been talk of moving Tim Bogar from third base coach to bench coach, which would leave the Sox in need of a first base coach and third base coach.