The Red Sox are in the news every day right now; here's the latest…
- The Sox have not finalized a list of managerial candidates to interview, reports WEEI's Rob Bradford. Name candidates such as Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, and Bobby Valentine are not thought to be on Boston's list, writes Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com. Instead, the top candidates appear to be Dave Martinez, Pete Mackanin, and Sandy Alomar Jr. It seems possible that the Red Sox will have to go head-to-head with the White Sox in their manager search. McAdam notes that as a member of the coaching staff of former manager Terry Francona, DeMarlo Hale is unlikely to be interviewed.
- The Cubs asked the Red Sox permission to speak with GM Theo Epstein, reported Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe yesterday. Red Sox management spent the day discussing the request; WCVB TV's Mike Lynch wrote that they could ask for compensation just to talk to Epstein, or they could collect compensation later.
- The relationship between Epstein and Red Sox president Larry Lucchino has gotten much better, according to Peter Gammons.
- Bradford takes an in-depth look at the Red Sox pitching staff. He finds the team unlikely to pursue a big-name starting pitcher. Bradford feels Daniel Bard and Alfredo Aceves could be starting candidates next year, Andrew Miller's $3MM option will be exercised, and Tim Wakefield might have to continue his career elsewhere.