Rob Manfred hopes to have Red Sox investigation done before Spring Training

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By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

Speaking after a scheduled owners meeting Thursday afternoon, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters he 'hopes' to have the Red Sox cheating investigation wrapped up by the time the team heads to Spring Training.

According to Newsday's Erik Boland, Manfred called the process a "day to day" situation.

Erik Boland on Twitter

Rob Manfred on when he thinks a decision will come in the Red Sox investigation: "I'm hopeful I can get Boston done before the camps open. I'd like to have this over. Investigations are funny. You think you know what the timeline is but that's a day to day prediction.

Red Sox pitchers and catchers report to Fort Myers on Feb. 11, which means Manfred's team would have five days to wrap up their investigation to meet his timeline. It's been about a month since the league announced it would be investigating the Red Sox, following a two-month long investigation of the Houston Astros for electronic stealing of signs that resulted in steep penalties.

There has been heavy speculation that the Red Sox are waiting for the result of the investigation to name a new manager to replace Alex Cora, who was let go as a result of his involvement in the Astros scandal. With this timeline, Boston may have to wait until after pitchers and catchers report to make the hiring official, especially if either of their in-house candidates (Ron Roenicke and Carlos Febles) receive any punishments related to the Red Sox alleged cheating in 2018.

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