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LeVangie stays with Sox; Willis, Butterfield and Davis take coaching jobs elsewhere

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LeVangie stays with Sox; Willis, Butterfield and Davis take coaching jobs elsewhere

BOSTON — Three of John Farrell's Red Sox coaches left the organization on Thursday, and they went to two of the premier organizations in the game. 
 
A pair joined Theo Epstein's Cubs in Chicago. Hitting coach Chili Davis and third base coach Brian Butterfield will take on those same roles for the Cubs in 2018.
 
Pitching coach Carl Willis, meanwhile, is going to reprise his role as Indians pitching coach in Cleveland. Willis joins ex-Sox manager Terry Francona's staff, and is also making his second stint as a pitching coach in Cleveland. (It's his first under Tito).
 
Those moves were officially announced.
 
New Sox manager Alex Cora will retain bullpen coach Dana LeVangie, a baseball source told NBC Sports Boston.

It's unclear if LeVangie remains in that role or a different one. Assistant pitching coach Brian Bannister is remaining with the organization, although his exact title next year is not yet known.
 
There's no word yet on the future of assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez, but it seems possible he could stick around.

Add David Price to list of Red Sox players who won't visit White House

Add David Price to list of Red Sox players who won't visit White House

And then there were five.

David Price on Thursday became the fifth Boston Red Sox player to announce he won't join the team for its upcoming White House visit, succinctly relaying his reasoning to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

The Red Sox are scheduled to meet President Donald Trump on May 9 after their series with the Baltimore Orioles to commemorate their 2018 World Series victory. Sox president Sam Kennedy has insisted the trip is voluntary, and outfielders Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr., third baseman Rafael Devers and pitcher Hector Velazquez all have said they won't attend, citing various reasons. (Manager Alex Cora is still undecided.)

Price didn't elaborate much on his own reasoning, but the veteran pitcher has been very vocal about other topics this week. After criticizing Major League Baseball on Wednesday for its handling of Jackie Robinson Day, Price boldly suggested Boston could trade Betts and J.D. Martinez if the team doesn't improve on its slow start.

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Red Sox sign former Yankees first-round pick to minor-league contract

Red Sox sign former Yankees first-round pick to minor-league contract

The Boston Red Sox have no intentions of blowing up their roster, but they did make one transaction during their off day.

The Red Sox have signed left-handed reliever Jeremy Bleich to a minor league contract, the team confirmed Thursday to MassLive.com's Chris Cotillo.

Bleich, who turns 32 in June, pitched with the Philadelphia Phillies in spring training this year but was released on March 21.

Bleich entered Major League Baseball with lofty expectations after the New York Yankees took him 44th overall in the 2008 MLB Draft. But the Stanford product underwent shoulder surgery in 2010 while pitching for Double-A Trenton that caused him to miss the entire 2011 season and limited his potential.

The veteran left-hander finally broke into the big leagues last season with the Oakland Athletics, allowing two runs in 0.2 innings pitched over two appearances.

Bleich will report to Boston's extended spring training and likely join the team's Double-A Portland or Triple-A Pawtucket club, per Cotillo.

Considering the Red Sox currently have no left-handed relievers on their big-league roster, they could call Bleich up for some situational appearances at some point this season.

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