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Feb 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; MLB commissioner Rob Manfred addresses representatives from the grapefruit league during the annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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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