Red Sox Notes: Lucchino, Aceves, Ross, Loney, Bogar

The Red Sox lost their 82nd game of the season last night, clinching the franchise's first losing season since 1997.  Needless to say, the Sox will be busy this offseason to ensure they get back over the .500 mark and beyond in 2013.  Here's the latest out of Fenway Park…

  • The Red Sox are looking to add an experienced front office executive to assist GM Ben Cherington, reports Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston.  Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava has been rumored in connection with this role, though since the Jays would only allow LaCava (or any employee) to interview with another team if he was being offered a promotion.
  • Larry Lucchino was non-committal about Alfredo Aceves' future with the team in an interview on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan show.  ('s Alex Speier provides the partial recap.)  Aceves has had some disciplinary issues in Boston and the decision about his role in 2013 "will be made next spring by whatever team he is with," said Lucchino.  "Maybe he’s with us. We’ll see. Maybe he’s elsewhere. It’s a little early to answer that question. We have so far [put up with his activities].”  Aceves is arbitration-eligible for the second time this offseason.
  • Lucchino also discussed several other Red Sox players, including pending free agent Cody Ross, who the team "loves" and would like to bring back.  Lucchino said the club is "at the beginning stages of that process.”  Earlier today, Ross said his top priority for free agency would be to sign with a contending team.
  • James Loney tells Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that he would be interested in returning to Boston if the Sox make him a contract offer this winter.  Loney is set to hit free agency and could prefer to sign with an AL team if he has a choice, as the first baseman says he prefers playing under American League rules.
  • The Sox should move quickly to find a new manager, writes Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, arguing that the team can't afford another long managerial search or protracted negotiations with the Blue Jays over John Farrell.  "The easiest choice" would be to hire bench coach Tim Bogar, who is a management favorite and has already interviewed for the Astros' job. 

12 Responses to Red Sox Notes: Lucchino, Aceves, Ross, Loney, Bogar Leave a Reply

  1. Would Beinfest be a good fit for the Bosox? Henry is probably familiar with him from Marlins days.

    • Murderers' Row Boat 3 years ago

      I have a feeling there are going to be a few firings between now and the start of the offseason. This seems like it will be an off season of rolling heads.

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      Beinfest is a step above Minaya, hendry and Sabean… No chance he becomes GM in Boston.

  2. MuskokaBoyInOakville 3 years ago

    why would Tony LaCava possibly leave The Jays to go to Boston? That would be quite a “step down”.

    • hawkny1 3 years ago

      Boston needs someone in the front office who knows what they are doing. Obviously they have been searching. The introduction of LaCava as an “assistant” to the GM, may, in a few weeks, be changed to “acting” GM. We will see. If Cherington stays, LaCava will be Lucchino’s guy in that office, to keep tabs on Cherington’s movements. Kind of like backdooring the guy who back doored Larry’s manager all season long.

  3. jondogg2010 3 years ago

    I’d say “The team he’s on in 2013″ sounds like it Won’t be the Red Sox.

    I’d also announce Bogar as Manager the day after WS is over, just to end any speculation and make it easier on us Red Sox fans.

  4. drjayphd 3 years ago

    Important note from the article: yes, Nick Cafardo realizes the Red Sox haven’t fired Valentine yet. However, I can’t confirm or deny rumors that he’s changing his middle name to Firebobbyvee.

  5. Tim Bogar? Heck no

  6. BlueJayfan5 3 years ago

    Every time I read an article about the Red Sox looking to replace someone they are interested in a current Jays employee.. Its not like the Jays have been successful to want to raid them lol

  7. bigpat 3 years ago

    Aceves is clearly not a closer, that was common sense from day one, but common sense isn’t something the Red Sox had a lot of lately.

    • hawkny1 3 years ago

      If you remember, at the time, Bailey was on the 60-day DL and Cherington had already promised Bard the opportunity to start. Bobby V has had no choice other than to ask Ace to close. He has done so,admirably, even though he does not have the killer instincts of a closer. Ace is PO’ed because he thought the job was his permanently. Who can blame him? But I say, give it a few months to let tempers cool off, then talk to the man about coming back in 2013 in his old job of set up guy and sometimes starter.

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