New Red Sox manager John Farrell is getting close to announcing the first appointments to his coaching staff. One is sure to Torey Lovullo as bench coach.
During an interview on WEEI Thursday night, Farrell said the Sox had signed one coach to a contract and were close on another.
Lovullo, 47, was Toronto’s first base coach for two seasons under Farrell. He spent 2010 in the Red Sox organization as manager of Triple A Pawtucket.
Lovullo managed for eight seasons in the Cleveland organization. He played parts of eight seasons in the majors with six teams.
The Red Sox will not retain incumbent bench coach Tim Bogar, who spent four seasons with the Sox. Bogar was the first base coach in 2009, the third base coach from 2010-11, and then the bench coach under Bobby Valentine.
Valentine and Bogar were often at odds during the season, to the point of not speaking at times. In the final days of the season, Valentine spoke of some coaches being disloyal.
Bogar acknowledged the communication issues, but said he and Valentine tried to work through them in the second half of the season. It was largely for naught.
Bogar interviewed for the Houston Astros managerial opening that went to Washington Nationals coach Bo Porter. He then turned down a spot on Porter’s staff.
First base coach Alex Ochoa and bullpen coach Gary Tuck are candidates to remain on the Boston staff. Tuck, 58, has been on the staff for six seasons and worked closely with Farrell from 2007-10 when both were coaches under Terry Francona.
Ochoa, 40, has been with the Red Sox since 2009 in various roles. He has served as a mentor to young shortstop Jose Iglesias.
Baltimore Orioles director of pitching development Rick Peterson is apparently not being considered as the pitching coach. The Red Sox have not sought permission to speak to Peterson, according to Comcast Sports of Baltimore.
“Ideally, I’m in the dugout,” said Peterson. “Since 1998, I’ve been in the dugout. If an opportunity did exist, I would explore it.”
Blue Jays pitching coach Bruce Walton and bullpen coach Pete Walker are candidates to join the Red Sox. Walker has only one season of major league coaching experience. He is a native of East Lyme, Conn., and played at the University of Connecticut.