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.
Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.
Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.
In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.