The Red Sox are down to two candidates for their managerial opening: Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont and former MLB manager Bobby Valentine. Here are the latest rumors regarding Boston's search:
- There's a belief in the industry that the Red Sox will tell Valentine and Lamont who they've chosen tomorrow, when Valentine returns from Japan, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post (on Twitter).
- Valentine has strong supporters and may be Boston's next manager, but Lamont has a "very real" shot at the position, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney (on Twitter).
- Neither Lamont nor Valentine has heard back from the Red Sox as of 4pm CDT, according to Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio and ESPN (on Twitter).
- The Blue Jays are showing zero inclination to let manager John Farrell go, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com. The Blue Jays made their intentions clear by announcing that they "will not grant permission for lateral moves.”