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.

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Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

The Red Sox signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract bn August 2014. Over parts of three seasons, the 29-year-old has a .679 OPS across 337 plate appearances in the majors and spent the vast majority of the 2016 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo had a chance to start things off on the right foot in 2017, but that ship has already sailed. On Thursday against Northeastern at JetBlue Park, Castillo didn’t run out a routine ground ball. He claims he lost track of the outs. Manager John Farrell isn’t happy about the situation. Via Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald:

“Disappointing for a couple of reasons,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “One, he has lost the number of outs. Still, regardless of another of outs, getting down the line is controllable. And for a player in his situation, every little aspect of the game is important. That’s something that was addressed in the moment. He needs to execute the game situation. And for that matter, every player. But that one obviously stood out.”

Everyone always makes far too big a deal about running out grounders. It’s a real nit to pick when it’s February 23 and your team just finished playing an exhibition game that is even more meaningless than the other exhibition games that will be played in the coming month.

That being said, Castillo has to prove himself to merit inclusion on the 25-man roster and that means dotting all his i’s and crossing all his t’s. Even if he went hitless all spring, Castillo could have at least said he couldn’t have done anything else better. But on day one, he already gave his team a reason to count him out.