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Red Sox managerial candidates 2020: Intriguing option reportedly ruled out

Red Sox managerial candidates 2020: Intriguing option reportedly ruled out

The Boston Red Sox suddenly have a job opening, and they need to fill it fast.

The Red Sox and manager Alex Cora mutually agreed to part ways Tuesday after Major League Baseball implicated Cora in a major sign-stealing scandal with the 2017 Houston Astros.

Cora is expected to be banned from baseball for at least one season, and the Red Sox are still subject to an MLB investigation into their own sign-stealing operation under Cora in 2018.

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In the meantime, though, new Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom and his staff need to find a replacement for Cora in 2020.

We laid out some internal candidates Tuesday, including Red Sox bench coach Ron Roenicke, former catcher Jason Varitek and second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

But who could Boston bring in from outside the organization? The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal ruled out an intriguing candidate Wednesday morning in Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro, who worked with Bloom in Tampa Bay and was a finalist for the Pittsburgh Pirates' and San Francisco Giants' manager jobs this offseason.

Here's a look at seven other external candidates the Red Sox could hire to replace Cora:

John Gibbons

The former Blue Jays manager had an up-and-down tenure in Toronto but has 1,581 games of managerial experience in the American League East. Gibbons stated last October he wants to return to managing after taking the 2019 season off.

Brad Ausmus

A Connecticut native, Ausmus interviewed for the Red Sox manager job in 2017 before Cora won the role. He has five total years of managing experience with the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels, although he was fired in L.A. after just one season.

Dusty Baker

Baker ranks 15th all-time in wins by an MLB manager and is one of the most well-respected figures in baseball. He hasn't managed since 2017 and has yet to manage an AL team, but if the Red Sox want to go the safe route, Baker would be a solid choice.

Mike Lowell

Here's where the list gets interesting. Like Varitek and Pedroia, Lowell is beloved in Boston after winning 2007 World Series MVP with the Red Sox. He has no managerial experience but currently works in media as an MLB Network analyst and could make the same transition to managing that Cora and Aaron Boone made.

Raul Ibanez

Ibanez has a cushy gig as special assistant to Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. The former outfielder has interest in managing at some point, though, so perhaps the chance to compete for a championship in Boston will lure him into the coaching world.

Mark Loretta

Another former Red Sox player, Loretta served as Joe Maddon's bench coach with the Chicago Cubs last season and interviewed for the manager job that David Ross eventually won. He's a less sexy candidate than Lowell but has more experience.

Craig Breslow

The Yale graduate just landed a job as "Director of Strategic Initiatives for Baseball Operations" on Theo Epstein's Cubs staff and is one of the smartest minds in the game. He had two separate stints in Boston as a player, though, so maybe the Red Sox could entice him with the chance to work with the analytically-minded Bloom.

Here's when to expect MLB's ruling in Red Sox sign-stealing investigation

Here's when to expect MLB's ruling in Red Sox sign-stealing investigation

It looks like the Boston Red Sox will have to wait even longer to hear the results of MLB's ongoing investigation into the 2018 team's alleged sign-stealing.

Commissioner Rob Manfred stated back on Feb. 16 he expected the investigation to conclude by the end of this week. On Tuesday, though, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported an announcement likely won't be made until early March.


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Of course, that means a ruling will come only a couple of days later than anticipated, but there's no doubt Sox fans are growing frustrated with the constant delays.

MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said Tuesday the league has concluded its interviews for the investigation.

“As of right now, we understand that the interviews that they were going to have and did have as well as the information they were gathering from beyond the player interviews has all happened,” Clark said, per The Boston Globe. “Now we’re just waiting for the decision itself.”

Multiple Red Sox players claim the 2018 team did nothing wrong and that there shouldn't be a punishment coming their way. If MLB does hand down punishments, the expectation is that they won't be severe.

Red Sox prospect quarantined amid coronavirus concerns

Red Sox prospect quarantined amid coronavirus concerns

The Boston Red Sox are playing it safe with one of their prospects during spring training. Not because of anything injury-related, but because of the coronavirus.

Taiwanese right-hander Chih-Jung Liu is being quarantined in a hotel room, as a team spokesman said the organization is using “an overabundance of caution" to guard against the virus, per The Boston Globe.

Liu, who arrived to the United States for his first spring training after being signed in October, provided an update on his status on his Facebook page. According to The Globe, the 20-year-old says he is "being delivered three meals a day, doing some weight training, and going for an occasional run." He's also spending his time online “watching information about the team” and reading.

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Taiwan currently has 31 confirmed cases of coronavirus to the United States' 57, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Liu flew from Taiwan to San Francisco prior to joining the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla. for spring training.

Liu expects to come out of quarantine and finally join his teammates on Saturday.