CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Red Sox bullpen coach Craig Bjornson has drawn interest from multiple teams as a pitching coach, but Bjornson looks likely to stay in Boston. He turned down at least two potential interviews for an elevated position, and by all indications does not want to leave a great environment and comfortable position in Boston after just one year, baseball sources said.
"For the people who wanted [an] interview, we granted permission," Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday of his coaching staff generally. "Some people have chosen not to interview for spots.”
Red Sox assistant hitting coach Andy Barkett was in a similar situation, with teams approaching him to be hitting coach.
Beloved by his players and typically out of the spotlight, Bjornson is a winner now two years in a row. He was the bullpen coach with the Astros in 2017, where Alex Cora was the bench coach.
Winning can come with a cost in terms of personnel. Teams are going after other Sox staffers at different levels of the organization, even if the major league staff does not wind up changed.
The Sox announced a flurry of promotions on Wednesday, including the elevation of a third assistant general manager, Zack Scott, who runs the team’s analytics. He joins incumbents Brian O’Halloran and Eddie Romero under Dombrowski.
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