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Hazen’s departure from Boston could mean a quick one for Lovullo, too

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Hazen’s departure from Boston could mean a quick one for Lovullo, too

BOSTON -- Torey Lovullo is fair game for any team to interview for a managerial position, the Red Sox have made that clear.

With Mike Hazen headed for the desert, he’ll need to find someone to fill the managerial role for the Diamondbacks. Who better than a guy he’s had experience with?

“I’ll be surprised, I would say, if they don’t ask for permission to talk to Torey,” Dave Dombrowski said Monday to reporters. “I know how highly we think of him and how highly Mike thought of him.”

Lovullo. of course, had a short term as interim manager for the Red Sox when John Farrell had to leave the team to battle cancer in 2015. Ever since then, it’s been a question if Lovullo would take Farrell’s job had the team decided to part ways, but that’s not going to happen, at least in the offseason.

“In my opinion he’s ready to be a major league manager,” Dombrowski said about his bench coach.

Lovullo made that clear when he went 28-21 with a team that was 50-63 before he was put in charge. That would put another item on Dombrowski’s list of things to do in the offseason, but was something he’d expected after the Red Sox’ postseason ended.

This could be the chance for Brian Bannister to get in the dugout, if the team were to decide to move him to Carl Willis’ spot and put Willis on the bench by Farrell. Not likely, but a possibility.

Curt Schilling misses out on Baseball Hall of Fame, Derek Jeter, Larry Walker in

Curt Schilling misses out on Baseball Hall of Fame, Derek Jeter, Larry Walker in

In his eighth year on the ballot, Curt Schilling again fell short of making it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame announced their Class of 2020 on Tuesday night. Two players got in. Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who was one vote shy of being a unanimous selection, and former Montreal Expos and Colorado Rockies outfielder Larry Walker, who just squeaked in with 76.6 percent of the vote in his final year on the ballot.

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Meanwhile, Schilling earned 70 percent of the vote to finish third in the voting. He finished 20 votes shy of the 75 percent threshold needed to qualify for the Hall.

Two other notable candidates with Red Sox ties, Roger Clemens and Manny Ramirez, didn't make the cut either. Here are the full results from the voting, per the BBWAA.

Schilling wasn't expecting to get in as a part of the 2020 class. He said as much on Twitter before the announcement while wishing luck to Walker and Jeter in the selection process.

Schilling had previously indicated that he wouldn't have a problem being left out and noted that strong players, like Luis Tiant, never quite made the cut for the Hall of Fame.

Still, Schilling has two years left on the ballot to qualify. And he was up 9.1 percent from his 2019 voting numbers (60.1 percent), so he is certainly trending in the right direction.

Perhaps 2021 will be the year for Schilling.

Red Sox trade RHP Travis Lakins to Cubs; Bobby Poyner outrighted to Pawtucket

Red Sox trade RHP Travis Lakins to Cubs; Bobby Poyner outrighted to Pawtucket

The Boston Red Sox have been busy making trades.

After pulling off two minor trades last week, the Red Sox announced a deal with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. It's another small move, with the Sox sending right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins to the Cubs for a player to be named later or cash consideration. Lakins was designated for assignment on Friday.

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Left-handed relief pitcher Bobby Poyner also was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket, 

Lakins posted an 0-1 record with a 3.38 ERA, 18 strikeouts, 10 walks and a 1.41 WHIP in 23 1/3 innings for the Red Sox in 2019.

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