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MLB rumors: Here's where Red Sox manager search stands as spring training nears

MLB rumors: Here's where Red Sox manager search stands as spring training nears

The Boston Red Sox still don't have a manager despite pitchers and catchers scheduled to report to spring training in a little more than weeks.

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported an updated on Boston's manager search Monday, and it doesn't sound like a hire is imminent.

The Red Sox are one of three teams who lost their manager as a result of Major League Baseball's scathing report and harsh punishments handed down to the Houston Astros for illegally stealing signs over the last few years.

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The Astros fired manager A.J. Hinch after the MLB suspended him through the 2020 World Series, and the New York Mets parted ways with manager Carlos Beltran, who was the only player mentioned in the league's report on Houston stealing signs. The Red Sox and Alex Cora mutually agreed to part ways earlier this month. Cora was the Astros bench coach in 2017 before leaving to become Boston's manager ahead of the 2018 campaign. He played a key role in creating and implementing the Astros' sign-stealing operation, according to the league's report. Cora faces punishment from the league, but any discipline won't come until its investigation into the 2018 Red Sox for illegally stealing signs is completed.

The Mets filled their managerial vacancy by promoting Luis Rojas last week.

Boston reportedly has shown interest in Mets bench coach Hensley Meulens for its open manager job. Meulens is one of the best candidates from outside the organization.

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How Jonathan Lucroy factors into Red Sox' catcher plans after signing

How Jonathan Lucroy factors into Red Sox' catcher plans after signing

Jonathan Lucroy officially is a member of the Boston Red Sox.

But don't expect him to challenge Christian Vazquez for the starting catcher job.

The Red Sox have added Lucroy to their spring training roster as a non-roster invite, the team announced Wednesday.

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That means the 33-year-old catcher is on a minor league contract, as Mass Live's Chris Cotillo reported Tuesday morning, and likely will begin the year at Triple-A Pawtucket unless he outperforms current backup Kevin Plawecki in spring training.

Lucroy also will face competition from four other non-roster invites: Juan Centeno, recent addition Connor Wong, Roldani Baldwin and Jett Bandy.

Plawecki figures to be the No. 2 to Vazquez, who caught a career-high 138 games last season.

Lucroy has a more impressive pedigree -- he's a two-time All-Star and 10-year MLB veteran who spent five seasons as Ron Roenicke's catcher on the Milwaukee Brewers -- but hasn't been very effective while bouncing between five teams over the last four seasons.

The Red Sox appear to be making a minimal investment in Lucroy, though, which could pay off if he has a strong 2020 spring training.

MLB Rumors: Could Red Sox be part of three-team Wil Myers trade?

MLB Rumors: Could Red Sox be part of three-team Wil Myers trade?

Could the Boston Red Sox participate in another blockbuster trade before the 2020 season?

We learned Tuesday that the Red Sox and Padres are still discussing a trade involving San Diego outfielder Wil Myers, per Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

But it's possible a third team gets involved in a Red Sox-Padres trade, The Athletic's Dennis Lin reported Wednesday.

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From Lin:

As part of these considerations, the Padres have discussed a potential three-team trade that would ship Myers to the Red Sox and land Cincinnati Reds center fielder-second baseman Nick Senzel in San Diego, two sources told The Athletic

Lin added that no trade is imminent, but Acee also reported the Padres have interest in the 24-year-old Senzel, the Cincinnati Reds' No. 2 overall pick in 2016 who would become San Diego's center fielder.

Per Acee, a Padres-Red Sox trade would have Boston assume about half of the $61 million Myers is owed over the next three years while receiving some combination of pitcher Cal Quantrill and prospects Luis Campusano and Gabriel Arias.

It's unclear how the Reds' involvement would affect Boston's return for Myers, or if the Red Sox would have to send a player to Cincinnati in this deal.

But San Diego general manager A.J. Preller apparently is serious about making a move: The Padres also remain interested in Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, Lin reports.