The Red Sox are close to naming Torey Lovullo bench coach. The manager of Triple A Pawtucket in 2010, Lovullo followed John Farrell to Toronto and was the first base coach there for two years.
The Red Sox have allowed Valentine’s remaining coaches — Tim Bogar, Alex Ochoa, Randy Niemann, Jerry Royster, and Gary Tuck — to speak to other teams.
Bogar, Ochoa, and Tuck are candidates to remain in the organization in some capacity.
“We’re not closing the door to someone who was here before,” said general manager Ben Cherington.
Two other Toronto coaches — Brian Butterfield and Luis Rivera — could be considered.
The key hire may be the pitching coach. Since Farrell left in 2010, the Red Sox have had three pitching coaches.
“With any position, stability is critical,” Farrell said. “I think it’s important for the pitching coach coming in that this isn’t going to be a situation, because so much has been brought out about my return here, that it’s not going to be micromanaged.
“Certainly there’s going to be involvement, but that person needs the freedom to do his job and do it to the best of his ability and that’s why, to me, it’s important to get the most qualified pitching coach available and bring him in here.”
Farrell said he is in the “third or fourth inning” of assembling a staff.