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David Ortiz gets visits from Edwin Encarnacion, Gary Sanchez amid recovery

David Ortiz gets visits from Edwin Encarnacion, Gary Sanchez amid recovery

David Ortiz's former competitors put the Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees rivalry on hold Thursday.

Yankees teammates Edwin Encarnacion and Gary Sanchez, both Dominican Republic natives, payed the retired slugger a visit in Boston as he continues to recover from a gunshot wound he suffered June 9 in the Dominican.

Ortiz posted a photo of himself and Encarnacion on Thursday while tagging free-agent shortstop Jose Reyes, who also is Dominican.

Sanchez then shared a photo of he and a healthy-looking Ortiz, thanking "Mr. Ortiz" for taking the time to meet with him.

The 36-year-old Encarnacion and the 26-year-old Sanchez come from different generations, but both can appreciate Big Papi's impact in both Major League Baseball and his native Dominican Republic.

Ortiz and Encarnacion also are very close, as the former actually tried to recruit the latter to Boston back in 2016.

The Yankees duo's visit came a day before New York's three-game series against the Red Sox, which begins Friday night at Fenway Park.

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MLB Rumors: Reds interested in signing Brock Holt

MLB Rumors: Reds interested in signing Brock Holt

Brock Holt still doesn't have a team, but he's garnering attention in free agency with spring training less than one month away.

The Cincinnati Reds are one of the teams interested in signing the former Boston Red Sox utilityman, according to Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

While Holt wouldn't be an everyday player, he'd be a valuable presence off the bench. The 31-year-old is a career .271 hitter and capable of playing virtually any position. In 2019, Holt played everywhere except pitcher, catcher, and center field.

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In addition to his versatility, Holt proved throughout his Red Sox tenure to be a fan favorite and beloved teammate. The 2015 All-Star undoubtedly would be a welcome addition to the Reds clubhouse.

Boston recently signed ex-Reds utilityman Jose Peraza, presumably Holt's replacement, to a one-year deal worth about $3 million.

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MLB rumors: Red Sox have shown interest in Hensley Meulens for manager job

MLB rumors: Red Sox have shown interest in Hensley Meulens for manager job

The Boston Red Sox need a new manager with pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training in less than a month, and one potential candidate is Hensley Meulens.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported late Sunday night that Boston has shown interest in New York Mets bench coach Hensley Meulens.


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Meulens is a really good option for the Red Sox. Before joining the Mets in November, he spent the last decade with the San Francisco Giants as a hitting coach and bench coach, helping the National League club win World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014. He also managed the Netherlands at the 2013 World Baseball Classic and speaks several languages. Meulens was a candidate for the New York Yankees' manager job in 2017.

The Mets also need a new manager after parting ways with Carlos Beltran last week, and they would be smart to promote Meulens instead of letting him leave for Boston.

The Red Sox parted ways with manager Alex Cora last week after Major League Baseball named him 11 times in a nine-page report detailing the Houston Astros' sign-stealing operation used over the last few years. Cora was the Astros' bench coach in 2017 before joining the Red Sox as their manager for 2018. The MLB report concluded Cora played a key role in creating and implementing Houston's sign-stealing system. The 2018 Red Sox currently are being investigated by the league.

The sign-stealing scandal has resulted in three managers -- Cora, Beltran and Houston's A.J. Hinch -- losing their jobs, and none of these positions have been filled yet.

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