Red Sox

Red Sox

We finally have a development on the Boston Red Sox manager front.

The Red Sox are set to interview Arizona Diamondbacks bench coach Luis Urueta via phone Friday for their open manager position, ESPN's Enrique Rojas reports.

The Boston Globe's Alex Speier confirmed the Diamondbacks had accepted Boston's interview request.

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The 39-year-old has been the bench coach for Arizona manager Torey Lovullo (a former Red Sox bench coach) since 2018. Urueta boasts managerial experience, as well -- he coached his native Colombia in the 2017 World Baseball Classic and managed the Licey Tigers in the Dominican winter ball league -- and was an aspiring soccer player before switching to a career in baseball in 1997.

Urueta reportedly will be the first external candidate to interview for Boston's manager spot vacated by Alex Cora, who stepped down earlier this month after being implicated in the 2017 Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal.

The Red Sox are the last major league team without a manager with pitchers and catchers set to report to spring training on Feb. 11.

Boston is still waiting on Major League Baseball to complete its investigation into allegations of sign-stealing during the 2018 season, which may affect the eligibility of some of the club's internal candidates.

But it appears Chaim Bloom and Co. are finally getting the ball rolling on the manager search -- with more interviews likely to follow.