Sox will have competition in manager search

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Sox will have competition in manager search

BOSTON -- A few days ago, the Red Sox had the managerial field to themselves, being the only franchise of the 30 in the hunt for a new manager.

But the retirement of Tony La Russa Monday and the firing of Mike Quade Wednesday means the Sox now have company with the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs are particularly relevant, since they are led by president of baseball operations Theo Epstien. In his final weeks with the Red Sox, Epstein helped direct the search for a replacement for Terry Francona.

Now, he may be interested in some of the same candidates to replace Quade.

"There may be some people that we both talk to," confirmed Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. "That hasn't happened yet because they have started their (search) yet. It's possible that we'll be talking to some of the same people.

"But the teams are different. The teams are at different stages. The cities are different. I think the right manager in Boston is not necessarily the right manager in Chicago and the right manager in Chicago is not necessarily the right manager in Boston.

"Theo and I may agree on a lot of stuff, but I don't think we're looking for the same person in this particular case. We did a lot of work together right after Tito Francona left and since Theo's left, our list has probably changed a little bit and I don't know what his list looks like."

Cherington noted that the personal relationship between a manager and general manager is "critical," and by definition, he and Epstein may be in the market for different personalities.

"I don't think we're looking for the same person," he said, "even if some of the candidates we might consider may be similar.''

Report: Red Sox acquire Chris Sale

Report: Red Sox acquire Chris Sale

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Red Sox -- who came away with the top starting pitcher (David Price) and top reliever (Craig Kimbrel) last offseason -- apparently have done it again.

According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Sox have acquired White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale for four prospects. Two have been identified (infielder Yoan Moncada and pitcher Michael Kopech) and two are as-yet unnamed:

More to come . . . 

Report: 1B Moreland 'could be on the cusp' of signing with Sox

Report: 1B Moreland 'could be on the cusp' of signing with Sox

According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, free agent first-baseman Mitch Moreland “could be on the cusp of signing with the Boston Red Sox.”

Wilson writes that the Indians are also remain in the mix, but that a source indicated that the Red Sox were the “clear front-runner.”

The 31-year-old Moreland would add a left-handed bat to the Red Sox’ lineup following the retirement of David Ortiz. It would also give the Sox a body at first base after the team traded first baseman/third baseman Travis Shaw Tuesday. 

Last season, Moreland hit .233/.298/.422 with 22 homers and 60 RBI for the Rangers last season, also winning a Gold Glove at first base. He has a career batting average of .254 and posted a career-high 23 homers in the 2013 and 2015 seasons.