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Big changes to Red Sox’ coaching staff not expected

Red Sox manager John Farrell (left) may lose bench coach Torey Lovullo, who is interviewing for managerial positions.
Red Sox manager John Farrell (left) may lose bench coach Torey Lovullo, who is interviewing for managerial positions.file/leon halip/Getty Images

For the moment, the Red Sox do not expect any significant changes to their coaching staff beyond replacing hitting coach Greg Colbrunn, who left the position last week.

But that could change quickly.

Bench coach Torey Lovullo is a candidate to manage the Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers. He has already spoken to the Rangers and received permission to interview with the Twins.

The other potential change will be determined once Colbrunn is replaced. The Red Sox will stick with a two-man approach to the job with a hitting coach and assistant.

Victor Rodriguez, the assistant hitting coach for the last two seasons, is a candidate to move up.

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If Rodriguez is not the choice, a new assistant will be considered. The Red Sox want the new hitting coach to have a comfortable rapport and shared teaching philosophy with the assistant. Rodriguez could he shifted to a different role in the organization if he is not a fit.

The team has not yet requested permission to interview candidates from other organizations.

Potential candidates include Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan, who has one season remaining on his contract. Magadan was the Red Sox hitting coach from 2007-12. With Texas seeking a manager, their coaching staff could be changed.

Oakland hitting coach Chili Davis is a possibility, according to a report by CSN Chicago. Davis was the hitting coach at Triple A Pawtucket in 2011.

Bill Mueller, a member of the 2004 Red Sox, resigned as hitting coach of the Cubs on Tuesday a few days after team dismissed assistant hitting coach Mike Brumley.

The Cubs had a poor offensive season, ranking below even the punchless Red Sox in most categories. But the 43-year-old Mueller has a good reputation in the game.

O’Dowd resigns

Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd and senior vice president Bill Geivett resigned from the front office after the team turned in a fourth straight losing season.

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Jeff Bridich will take over as the new GM.

O'Dowd spent 15 seasons in charge of the Rockies, the highlight of which was an appearance in the 2007 World Series, where the team was swept by the Red Sox. His power dwindled in recent years with the rise of Geivett, who was promoted to senior vice present of baseball operations in August 2012. He had an office next to manager Walt Weiss in the clubhouse.

The Rockies finished 66-96 and 28 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West.

Bridich has been the team’s senior director of player development since 2011. He is a Harvard graduate who looks at baseball from more of an analytical angle and counts O’Dowd as his protege.

A fresh start or more of the same? That was debate around the Mile High City soon after the Rockies announced their decision.

Bridich understands the skepticism from fans, given his ties to O'Dowd. He insisted this won’t be more of the same.

‘‘Four straight years of losing baseball? If you ask anybody in this organization, it’s unacceptable and it’s tiring,’’ said Bridich. ‘‘It’s certainly not what people want and expect inside and outside the organization.’’

While introducing Bridich, Rockies owner Dick Monfort said he was ‘‘excited about a fresh start.’’ Also at the gathering was manager Walt Weiss, who said a clean slate is ‘‘the way we have to look at it . . . It’s time to turn this thing around and bring playoff baseball back here.’’

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The last time Colorado made the postseason was five years ago.


Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @peteabe. Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.