LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Red Sox aren't ready to officially announce who will manage their Triple A affiliate at Pawtucket in 2014, but multiple sources indicate that the pick will be Kevin Boles, who managed at Double-A Portland the past three seasons.
One industry source said he would be "absolutely shocked'' if the job goes to anyone other than Boles, who turns 39 next month.
Boles managed a number of the organization's better prospects at the Double-A level and like the idea of having some continuity with the players who are now one step closer to reaching the major leagues.
Boles is the son of former Florida Marlins manager John Boles. Should Boles get the Pawtucket job, he will have managed at every level of the Red Sox' farm system except Rookie ball, having managed at Low Single-A Greenville from 2008-09, High Single-A Salem (2010) and the last three seasons at Double-A Portland of the Eastern League.
One of the delays in announcing Boles is the fact that he's managing winter ball in Venezuela.
Boles would be the fifth different Pawsox manager in the past six seasons, following Gary DiSarcina (2012), Arnie Beyeler (2010-2011), Torey Lovullo (2009) and Ron Johnson (2009).
DiSarcina was named Minor League Manager of the Year by Baseball America, but left the organization to take a major league coaching position with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.