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Will Red Sox pursue Hensley Meulens in wake of Mets manager news?

Will Red Sox pursue Hensley Meulens in wake of Mets manager news?

One of the three prominent Major League Baseball manager vacancies is set to be filled.

The New York Mets are finalizing a multi-year contract with quality control coach Luis Rojas to make him their next manager, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen announced Wednesday.

Rojas replaces Carlos Beltran, who lost his job along with Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and Astros manager A.J. Hinch in the wake of Houston's sign-stealing scandal.

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Rojas' pending hire also has implications for the Red Sox' manager search, as Boston reportedly has interest in Mets bench coach Hensley Meulens.

Meulens may be an eligible candidate after not landing the Mets manager job, but Van Wagenen said the Red Sox haven't requested to speak with the veteran bench coach.

It's possible Boston was waiting to see if Meulens took the New York job and will request an interview with him now that he's available.

It's also possible Meulens will stay on as Rojas' bench coach -- or that the Red Sox prefer to go in a different direction.

In any case, Rojas' hire offers a blueprint for how Boston may replace Cora. The Mets are taking the in-house route by promoting Rojas to his first MLB manager gig rather than adding a seasoned free-agent manager like Dusty Baker or Buck Showalter.

Will the Red Sox follow suit as they aim to move past the sign-stealing scandal that took down Cora? The clock is ticking after the Mets took care of their business Wednesday.

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.