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Eduardo Rodriguez, Red Sox players react to Alex Cora's sudden departure

Eduardo Rodriguez, Red Sox players react to Alex Cora's sudden departure

The Boston Red Sox' front office didn't offer many straightforward answers about their decision to part ways with Alex Cora.

But how do their players feel about losing their manager after just two seasons?

While most have been quiet since the Red Sox split with Cora on Tuesday, pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez and catcher Christian Vazquez used Instagram to share their thoughts.

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Here's Rodriguez, who referred to Cora as a "brother" and a "friend" in an Instagram post Wednesday:

And here's Vazquez, who thanked Cora for aiding relief efforts in their native Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria:

Infielder Michael Chavis also became the first Red Sox player to address Cora's dismissal on the record at a Portland Sea Dogs event Wednesday night.

"I had a small time with Alex, but in that small period that we had together, I can't say enough about his character," Chavis said. "He's a very good dude. He did a lot to help me as a player, especially at second base.

"He was a phenomenal second baseman and shortstop, so he somewhat took me under his wing and went out of his way to make sure I was comfortable, so I'm very thankful for that."

There's an obvious theme here: Cora was very well-liked by his players. Cheating scandals aside -- MLB is still investigating Cora's role in Boston's 2018 sign-stealing operation -- the 44-year-old galvanized Boston's clubhouse after John Farrell's departure to help the team win a record 108 games in 2018.

Cora also put the Red Sox in a very difficult spot by leaving them without a manager less than a month before pitchers and catchers report to spring training. But you likely won't hear players say any negative words about their former manager.

MLB Rumors: Red Sox nearing deal with Jonathan Lucroy to boost catcher depth

MLB Rumors: Red Sox nearing deal with Jonathan Lucroy to boost catcher depth

The Boston Red Sox need catcher depth, and they're reportedly getting some in a former All-Star.

The Red Sox are "close" to a deal with free-agent catcher Jonathan Lucroy, Mass Live's Chris Cotillo reported Tuesday morning.

Lucroy is expected to back up starter Christian Vazquez and reserve Kevin Plawecki and could sign a minor-league deal with Boston, per Cotillo.

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The 33-year-old comes with an impressive pedigree: He's a two-time All-Star with 10 major league seasons under his belt who boasts a .274 career batting average and tallied 24 home runs and 81 RBIs during an impressive 2016 campaign.

He spent his first six-plus seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers and played five years under Ron Roenicke, who was just named Boston's interim manager.

Lucroy has bounced between five teams over the last four seasons, however. He split time between the Los Angeles Angels and Chicago Cubs in 2019 and hit .232 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs over 101 games.

The veteran catcher would be a decent signing as a backup, though, joining Kevin Pillar as Chaim Bloom's latest depth add in the wake of last week's Mookie Betts/David Price blockbuster.

MLB Rumors: Brock Holt agrees to deal with Brewers

MLB Rumors: Brock Holt agrees to deal with Brewers

Another beloved member of the Boston Red Sox will be playing for a new team in 2020.

The Milwaukee Brewers and utilityman Brock Holt agreed to a deal on Monday, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.


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Holt spent seven of his eight MLB seasons (2013-19) in Boston, earning two World Series rings over that time. An All-Star in 2015, Holt hit .270 with 23 home runs and 203 RBI during his Red Sox career while playing every position other than pitcher and catcher.

But it wasn't all about what Holt contributed on the field. Above all else, it'll be the 31-year-old's clubhouse presence that will be missed. NBC Sports Boston's own John Tomase recently summarized the immense impact Holt has had on the organization and the city of Boston.

Holt joins a Brewers team that finished 89-73 in 2019 before falling to the World Series champion Washington Nationals in the National League wild-card game.