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Dana LeVangie out as Red Sox pitching coach amid offseason shakeup

Dana LeVangie out as Red Sox pitching coach amid offseason shakeup

The Boston Red Sox' offseason facelift continues.

The Red Sox announced a number of coaching changes Tuesday, most notably that pitching coach Dana LeVangie has been re-assigned to a pro scouting position with Boston.

Here are the other changes:

-- Assistant pitching coach Brian Bannister has been reassigned to vice president of pitching development, focusing on the team's pitcher development programs in the minors.

-- Manager of advanced scouting Steve Langone will join LeVangie as a Red Sox pro scout.

-- Assistant hitting coach Andy Barkett won't return to the team.

LeVangie took over as Red Sox pitching coach in November 2017, and he and Bannister oversaw a Boston rotation that pitched very well in 2018 en route to a World Series title.

But that rotation went off the rails in 2019, posting a collective 4.95 ERA that ranked 20th in baseball and was a big reason why the Red Sox missed the playoffs.

Boston's coaching staff reshuffling after it fired president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski in early September. The Red Sox still don't have a replacement for Dombrowski, and it's unclear who will take over as pitching coach, but ownership appears intent on shaking things up after a disappointing 2019 campaign.

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox agree to contract with lefthanded pitcher Martin Perez

MLB Rumors: Red Sox agree to contract with lefthanded pitcher Martin Perez

The Boston Red Sox have reportedly made another signing in MLB free agency.

After signing infielder Jose Peraza to a one-year deal earlier in the day on Thursday, the Red Sox agreed to terms with Martin Perez, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

And per Rosenthal, the deal with pay Perez $6 million in the first year of his deal.

The signing of the 28-year-old lefthander won't do a lot to inspire Red Sox fans. Perez has a career ERA of 4.72 and posted a 5.12 mark last season with the Twins. That said, he did go 10-7 and averaged a career-high 7.3 K/9, so perhaps the Red Sox see a hidden gem.

Perez, a starter, will likely slot into the back-end of the Red Sox rotation. He'll replace Rick Porcello, who agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with the New York Mets at the MLB Winter Meetings.

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MLB rumors: Red Sox, free agent Jose Peraza agree to one-year contract

MLB rumors: Red Sox, free agent Jose Peraza agree to one-year contract

The Boston Red Sox bolstered their infield depth Thursday by agreeing to sign Jose Peraza to a one-year contract worth about $3 million plus incentives, per MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

Peraza made his Major League debut in 2015 with the Los Angeles Dodgers but spent the last four years with the Cincinnati Reds. He batted .239 with six home runs, 33 RBI and a .285 on-base percentage in 141 games during the 2019 season.

His best season came in 2018 when he batted .288 with 14 homers, 58 RBI and a .326 on-base percentage in 157 games for the Reds. All things considered, Peraza is a good buy-low candidate for the Red Sox, who also could help Boston replace Brock Holt if he departs in free agency.

The 25-year-old infielder brings plenty of positional versatility to the Red Sox. Peraza mostly played second base for Cincinnati this past season, but he also saw time at third base, left field and center field.

Peraza drew interest from at least four teams, per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

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