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Red Sox Notes: Lamont, Valentine, Ortiz, Winter Meetings

UPDATE 1:45AM EST: Jim Bowden of ESPN is reporting via twitter that a managerial decision could come as early as today, after which negotiations will begin and an announcement would be made Wednesday or Thursday. Make your bets now: Lamont or Valentine?

11/29 12:32 EST: Here's the latest out of Boston, where Ben Cherington's task in next week's winter meetings is becoming increasingly difficult, Bobby V has TV execs swooning, Gene Lamont intrigues, Ortiz is making hilarious demands, and where the loss of Terry Francona and changes to the playoff format has Red Sox fans suddenly realizing the significant changes this team is facing both in the near and long term:

  • Plethora of decisions await Red Sox in Dallas - Ian Brown | redsox.com
    "When general manager Ben Cherington arrives at baseball's Winter Meetings -- which take place in Dallas from Dec. 5-8 -- he will go full-speed ahead in trying to make the necessary tweaks to turn the Red Sox into a championship team."

  • Lamont, Valentine still waiting to hear - The Providence Journal
    "Several reports say the list of candidates has been whittled down to two -- Bobby Valentine and Gene Lamont. According to ESPNBoston.com, Lamont said Monday that he had not been offered the job and according to The New York Times, Valentine, who was at a charity event in Japan on Monday, said he hasn't heard from the team either."