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Red Sox manager search: Ron Roenicke, Carlos Febles have interviewed, but Mark Kotsay out of running

Mark Kotsay played 49 games for the Red Sox in the 2008 and 2009 seasons.Barry Chin/Globe staff file

The search for a new Red Sox manager continues.

Oakland Athletics quality control coach Mark Kotsay interviewed for Boston’s managerial opening last week but is no longer in the running, a source confirmed to the Globe on Tuesday.

Kotsay, 44, is entering his fifth season with the A’s and the third as their quality control coach. He’s been a hot name this offseason and is known in the A’s clubhouse for how he connects with players.

The Red Sox also have explored two internal candidates. The Globe confirmed MassLive’s report that third base coach Carlos Febles and bench coach Ron Roenicke have been interviewed.

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Febles has a long history with many of the Sox’ major league players from his days as a minor league manager. Febles got his start in the organization as the hitting coach for the Single A Lowell Spinners in 2007. At the team’s Winter Weekend in January, Febles expressed interest in the manager’s job.

“This is a team anybody would want to manage. We have a shot to contend,” he said. “Unfortunately it would be taking over for a guy [Alex Cora] we all respect. But we have to move on. If the opportunity comes, I would definitely do it. This is a great organization. If you want to manage in the big leagues, this is the place you want to do it.”

Roenicke has major league managerial experience, serving in that role for the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011-15. He has 25-plus years of major league experience, serving in various roles.

“We’ll see what happens with that,” Roenicke said last month on potentially replacing Cora. “I enjoyed it. It’s hard to think about things when it’s so recent what happened to him. I’m always content in my role. Coaching is fun. It’s a fun job. Managing is challenging. I enjoy it, I love the challenge of it.”

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The Sox are now known to have interviewed four candidates, including Arizona Diamondbacks bench coach Luis Urueta. The process has been slow, which could be due in part to Major League Baseball’s investigation into the 2018 Red Sox for possible sign-stealing. If it comes out that the 2018 Sox were, in fact, guility, an internal candidate could be linked to it.

But slugger J.D. Martinez was adamant that the 2018 team didn’t cheat. Roenicke has said he’s not concerned with the investigation as it relates to his future.

“It would be concerning if something happened that I knew I was a part of,” he said last month. “I know what I do, and I always try to do things the right way.”

The Red Sox’ first full workout of spring training will take place on Feb. 17 in Fort Myers, Fla.


Julian McWilliams can be reached at julian.mcwilliams@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @byjulianmack.