Torey Lovullo

Source: Torey Lovullo contract allows for manager interviews in-season, but Braves haven't contacted him

John Tomase
May 17, 2016 - 8:40 am

KANSAS CITY -- A source tells's Rob Bradford that the Braves have not yet reached out to Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo about becoming their new manager, but that Lovullo's contract allows him to interview for in-season managerial openings. The Braves fired manager Fredi Gonzalez on Tuesday after a 9-28 start that is the worst in franchise history and the worst in baseball this year. Lovullo, 50, led the Red Sox to a 28-21 record as acting manager last summer after manager John Farrell was diagnosed with cancer. He has previously interviewed for openings with the Rangers, Twins, Dodgers, and Indians, and was linked to the Cubs after the 2013 World Series, though he never interviewed. Down the stretch last season, Lovullo proved adept at handling young players, which could be appealing to the Braves, who are attempting to rebuild around youth. Atlanta has named Triple-A manager Brian Snitker its interim manager, and ESPN reported that he'll hold the job through the end of the season. Other candidates for the job, according to reports, include former Padres manager Bud Black, who's now in the Angels' front office, and ex-big league infielder Mark DeRosa. The Braves will move to a new park in 2017. They've gutted their roster over the last two years, trading All-Star outfielder Jason Heyward, closer Craig Kimbrel, starter Shelby Miller, and Gold Glove shortstop Andrelton Simmons, among others. Lovullo chose in the offseason to remain in Boston out of loyalty to Farrell, his longtime friend and former teammate. He signed a tw0-year deal that makes him one of the highest-paid bench coaches in baseball, but the contract does not prevent from interviewing for managerial opening during the season, the source said. The Providence Journal was the first to report about this aspect of Lovullo's contract.