Might the Boston Red Sox poach their next manager from their archrival?
The Red Sox have spoken with New York Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza about their open manager role, the New York Post's George A. King III reported Monday.
Mendoza reportedly enters the fray of several candidates for the Red Sox manager job after the team parted ways with Ron Roenicke in September.
Boston reportedly has interviewed Chicago Cubs third base coach Will Venable, while Los Angeles Dodgers first base coach George Lombard and Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Don Kelly reportedly are in the running, as well.
The 41-year-old Mendoza has been with the Yankees for 12 consecutive seasons, as both a player in the team's minor league system and a coach at the minor- and major league levels. He was promoted to Yankees bench coach following the 2019 season, replacing Josh Bard.
Mendoza also spoke with the Detroit Tigers about their manager opening, per King, so it sounds like the Red Sox have some competition for the Venezuela native.
That's if Boston doesn't bring back Alex Cora, who parted ways with the team in January in the wake of an investigation into the 2017 Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal. Cora's one-year suspension ends after the World Series, and some view the former Red Sox manager as a favorite to regain his old job.
It appears the Red Sox still are considering all options, though -- including a coach from their American League East rival.