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That group of five according to their sources includes Alex Cora, Sam Fuld, Don Kelly, Carlos Mendoza, and James Rowson.
Cora, who parted ways with the Red Sox earlier this year and served his suspension for his involvement in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, is viewed as the obvious favorite of the job. There’s an obvious relationship between the sides, and Cora’s exit was done with the intention of neither side vilifying the other. The Sox have reportedly been in contact with Cora multiple times this week, too, according to the latest report from The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier.
The 45-year-old Cora was Boston’s manager for two seasons, during which the team went 192-132 overall and won the 2018 World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Fuld, meanwhile, is in the mix for the Sox after spending the last three years as a player information coordinator for the Philadelphia Phillies. A New Hampshire native, Fuld has been linked to countless managerial jobs since taking that job with Philly, and Chaim Bloom is certainly familiar with Fuld, as he played for the Tampa Bay Rays from 2010 through 2013.
Kelly also remains in the hunt after reportedly interviewing with the team last week.
The 40-year-old Kelly, who had a nine-year MLB career between three different teams, served as Houston’s first base coach in 2019, and was the bench coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates this past season.
Bringing Mendoza to Boston would see the Red Sox pluck a staffer from the Yankees, as Mendoza has spent the last 12 seasons in the Yankee organization. Mendoza’s career started out in New York’s minor-league coaching ranks, and eventually rose to various jobs at the big league level before spending this past season as the Bombers’ bench coach.
Both Kelly and Mendoza earned second interviews with the Red Sox.
Rowson, currently the bench coach and offensive coordinator for the Miami Marlins, is also still in the running.
The 44-year-old Rowson has bounced around a few different big league organizations (mainly as a hitting coach with the Twins for three seasons), but jumped to the Marlins after the 2019 season as the team’s bench coach.
The Red Sox are currently the only MLB team without a manager.