Varitek not considered a managerial candidate for now

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Varitek not considered a managerial candidate for now

Jason Varitek won't be the next Red Sox manager. But he may well have a hand in helping to determine who will.
While there has been media speculation that Varitek, hired as a special assistant to the front office last week, could emerge as a darkhorse candidate to replace Bobby Valentine, baseball sources indicate that isn't the case.
Varitek has told people close to him that, recently re-married and father of a baby girl, that he's not ready to commit the time necessary.
Speculation surrounding Varitek comes at time when several other clubs have enjoyed success hiring players with no managerial experience. Robin Ventura (Chicago White Sox), Mike Matheny (St. Louis Cardinals) and Kirk Gibson (Arizona Diamondbacks) have all enjoyed winning seasons early in their major league managerial careers, with Gibson and Matheny both guiding teams to the playoffs in their first full seasons.
What's more, that trend hasn't gone unnoticed by the Red Sox. Both general manager Ben Cherington and CEO and president Larry Lucchino acknowledged that the success enjoyed by that trio -- and others -- has encouraged the Sox to take a more open mind in the hiring process.
But for now, Varitek won't be one of those candidates under consideration. Instead, Varitek will concentrate on learning more about scouting, player development and player evaluation. In time, Varitek has told some, managing could be an option he'd explore.
Both the Red Sox and Varitek are said to be aware that it would problematic for the ex-captain to be asked to manage players who were recent teammates -- just one more obstacle to Varitek managing so soon after the conclusion of his playing career.
As part of his role, Cherington said Varitek will sit in on some of the managerial interviews and evaluations and be asked for his input as a recently retired player.

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Never say never?

While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.

CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season. 

For the full interview with Martinez, click here.

Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired. 

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.

Chris Sale.

The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.

But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.

“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.

“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”

He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.

He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.

But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.

“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”