Red Sox may be last MLB team without a manager

Rob Bradford
January 28, 2020 - 11:48 am
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Now there seems to be just one team left without a manager.

The Red Sox find themselves on the verge of being the only club in Major League Baseball without a skipper after the Astros reportedly identified Dusty Baker as their next manager, with the two sides working out the final details of a contract. USA Today was first with the news that Baker was slated to become the replacement for recently-fired A.J. Hinch.

Of the teams impacted by the recent Astros cheating scandal, only the Sox haven't identified a managerial successor with the Mets hiring Luis Rojas and now Houston seemingly locking in on Baker.

It seems like the Red Sox might be waiting for MLB's ruling regarding its investigation of the alleged transgressions during Boston's 2018 season involving relaying signs after using video evidence. Major League sources have surmised that decision would likely come down in the first week of February.

While the Astros had a very public series of interviews for their managing job, there haven't been any names surfaced that the Red Sox have interviewed. The prevailing thought is that the Sox are doing due diligence behind the scenes before locking in on one or few candidates, which would be a similar approach taken when hiring Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom.

Both bench coach Ron Roenicke and third base coach Carlos Febles have expressed interest in the position.

As for Baker, the 70-year-old hasn't managed since taking Washington to back-to-back National League East titles in 2016 and '17, winning 95 and 97 games, respectively.