BOSTON, MA - JULY 26: Jacoby Ellsbury #2 of the Boston Red Sox congratulates Franklin Morales #46 after the game on July 26, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Red Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 13-9. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
American League East update:
Examining the process by which the Red Sox are choosing a manager - Scott Lauber
"Over the past two days, the process by which the Red Sox have been searching for a manager has come into question. At worst, there appears to be a disconnect between ownership and baseball operations. At best, the Red Sox have seemed disorganized."
Jays Sign Big Arm to Minor League Deal - Bluebird Banter
"In another under-the-radar move, the Toronto Blue Jays club signed minor league free agent reliever Jerry Gil to a minor league contract, according to Baseball America's transaction feed."
Red Sox gauging trade interest in out-of-options pitchers - Alex Speier
"Left-handed pitchers Franklin Morales, Andrew Miller and Felix Doubront and right-handers Michael Bowden and Scott Atchison all represent pitchers who are out of minor-league options but whose role on the big league roster is somewhat uncertain. As such, the Sox spent part of the GM meetings exploring what kind of interest existed in those pitchers, given that it will be virtually impossible for them to form a big league bullpen next year that would include all of them on the Opening Day roster."
Red Sox CEO/President Larry Lucchino: Manager decision a ‘collective process’ - WEEI
"Red Sox CEO/President Larry Lucchino said on Thursday that the search for a new Red Sox manager is a "collective process" between the team’s baseball operations department, headed by GM Ben Cherington, and team owners."
Sources: Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs pursuing Buehrle - Jon Paul Morosi
"The Yankees and Red Sox, both in dire need of pitching upgrades, are pursuing Buehrle, sources say. Other interested clubs include the White Sox, Blue Jays, Royals, Angels, Marlins, Nationals and Diamondbacks."
Managerial search wide open again - The Providence Journal
"The Red Sox still have Lamont, Torey Lovullo and Sandy Alomar, Jr. as candidates from their first round of interviews; they've eliminated Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin from consideration. That Boston is opening up the search again instead of calling back one of those candidates certainly suggests the team is not comfortable with those options right now."
Red Sox speaking to Bobby Valentine about manager’s job - Boston Herald
The talks have been low-key so far, as the club tries to gauge the interest level of the current ESPN analyst – he has two years remaining on his contract – known for his strong grasp of the game’s intricacies as well as a vibrant, telegenic personality.