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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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Andrew Friedman announces he's staying with Dodgers, taking biggest name off board for Red Sox

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Andrew Friedman announces he's staying with Dodgers, taking biggest name off board for Red Sox

The Red Sox can cross the biggest name off their GM search before he was ever even an option.

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman announced on Monday that he will finalize a deal to stay in L.A. "in the next couple of days." Friedman had technically become a free agent after the Dodgers' season ending in shocking fashion against the Nationals last week.

His five-year, $35 million contract expired, but the Dodgers moved quickly to lock up the 43-year-old, who has built consistent winners in both Tampa and Los Angeles and was considered the most intriguing candidate for the job of running the Red Sox, which opened up when the team parted ways with Dave Dombrowski in September.

With Friedman off the board and the Twins reportedly nearing a deal to extend Lynn native Derek Falvey as their chief baseball officer, the Red Sox have seen the candidate pool for their opening diminish before their search even starts. Before the season ended, the Diamondbacks took another name out of play by extending GM Mike Hazen, a Massachusetts native and former Red Sox executive. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein also declared his commitment to Chicago, though his contractual status hasn't changed.

One name that hasn't been taken off the board is Chaim Bloom, Tampa's VP of baseball operations. The 36-year-old Yale graduate oversees Tampa's baseball operations alongside Erik Neander, and the two guided the Rays to a wild card before taking the Astros to Game 5 of the ALDS.

Widely considered one of the most innovative franchises in the game, the Rays have reached 90 wins in two straight seasons despite fielding one of the lowest payrolls in baseball.

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MLB Free Agents 2019-20: Top 5 designated hitters

MLB Free Agents 2019-20: Top 5 designated hitters

One of the biggest question marks of the Red Sox' offseason is the future of J.D. Martinez. Will he or won't he opt out of his contract and test the free-agent waters yet again?

If he does, Boston is put into a tough position. There aren't a whole lot of guys out there -- if any -- who can step right into Martinez's DH slot and put up numbers anything close to the 2018 World Series champion's level of production.

If Martinez indeed decides to sign elsewhere (the White Sox, perhaps?), the Sox could be left scrambling for a cheap short-term replacement off the open market. Here's a look at the top options this winter: