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Red Sox seem to be in final stages of manager search

Bobby Valentine

Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP

Bobby Valentine had a formal interview with the Red Sox on Monday.

Thanksgiving has come and gone and with it the self-imposed deadline the Red Sox initially gave themselves on finding a new manager.

Alas, there is no new manager. It has been 56 days since Terry Francona quit before he could be fired after the season. Dale Sveum has already painted his office at Wrigley Field, put up new photos and thrown out whatever Mike Quade left behind.

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(OK, he probably hasn’t. But he certainly could have.)

There is really no compelling reason for the Sox to have a manager any time soon, although it would make sense to get somebody in place before the Winter Meetings start on Dec. 5 in Dallas. Presumably GM Ben Cherington would want the input of a new manager and pitching coach before he starts building the roster.

The choices are down to:

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1. Bobby Valentine. He has already interviewed with Cherington and ownership. He clearly wants the job and the owners seem to want him. The question is whether Cherington is willing to climb on board with it.

2. Gene Lamont. He is the safe option in that he has experience and he’s not Bobby Valentine. But does safe also mean successful? Lamont either already has or is about to meet with ownership.

3. Torey Lovullo. He seems to be linked to Lamont, perhaps as a bench coach/manager in waiting. Or maybe the Sox will be bold and hire him as manager.

As a journalist eager for interesting things to write about, Valentine would be like hitting the lottery. Lamont strikes me as Art Howe, only less exciting. Lovullo would be interesting, too.

Valentine seems like the choice. It’s probably just a question of when at this point. Later today or maybe Monday or Tuesday after the news leaks out over the weekend.

Hopefully soon. The Red Sox need to start adding after so much subtraction.

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