Red Sox make several minor league staff moves

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Red Sox make several minor league staff moves

Rich Gedman, a local boy made good -- for a while, anyway -- with the Red Sox, is back with the Boston organization.

The Sox announced Monday that Gedman, a two-time All-Star during his 10 years as a catcher for Boston, is rejoining the team as the hitting coach for Class A Lowell in the short-season New York-Penn League.

It was one of a series of announcements made by the Sox, who also hired ex-major leaguer Chili Davis as the hitting coach at Triple-A Pawtucket. In addition, Boston:

-- Named Mike Murov as an assistant in the Baseball Operations department.
-- Hired Tom Allison as a regional crosschecking scout in the Midwest; ex-big league pitcher Jon Adkins as an area scout in the Ohio Valley, and ex-big league first baseman Chris Pritchett as an area scout in Canada.
-- Named ex-big league infielder Andy Fox as the organization's minor league infield coordinator.
-- Named John Lombardo and ex-big leaders Nate Field and Hal Morris as pro scouts.
-- Hired Victor Rodriguez Jr., son of the Red Sox minor league hitting coordinator, as a scout in the Dominican Republican.
-- Named Basilio Alvarado as Dominican Summer League catching coach and Oscar Lira as Dominican Summer League assistant pitching coach.

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.  

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.

Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020. 
 
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration. 

Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.