It appears the Red Sox are leaving no stone unturned as the search for the next PawSox manager remains ongoing. The position has been vacant for nearly a month, yet the organization remains mum on whom Torey Lovulloâ€™s successor will be.
As BoSox farm director Mike Hazen explained Thursday, finding the next Pawtucket manager is a decision best not entered into lightly and one that requires a great deal of homework.
â€śIt takes time to work through the situation and get to know the candidates, interviews and decisions like that,â€ť Hazen said. â€śThere are internal and external candidates being considered.â€ť
Hazen added there remains no specific timetable as to when the next PawSox manager will be announced. With the Winter Meetings on tap beginning Monday in Orlando, the Red Sox may wait until next week to reveal its choice depending on whether the team makes any news on the free agent front.
If the Red Sox do not settle on someone outside of the organization, the top candidate figures to be current Double-A manager Arnie Beyeler, a one-time hitting coach for the PawSox.
Beyeler has managed many of Bostonâ€™s highly-regarded prospects in recent seasons, the list including Ryan Kalish, Felix Doubront, Daniel Bard, Casey Kelly, Michael Bowden, Jed Lowrie and Clay Buchholz.
Pawtucket is also in the market for a hitting coach after Gerald Perry left to take a similar position with the Oakland Athletics in October.
EXTRA BASES: A reminder that this Saturday is the PawSoxâ€™ Annual Kids Christmas Party at McCoy Stadium from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Pitchers Chad Paronto and Rich Hill will be on hand to sign autographs. Game-day tickets for the 2011 season will also go on sale to the general public in-person and also online at pawsox.com beginning Saturday. â€¦ The Red Sox and Dusty Brown parted ways Wednesday as the longtime catcher signed a minor-league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Brown was drafted in 2000 under the supervision of then-general manager Dan Duquette and finally made his major-league debut during the 2009 season. Brown was viewed as Bostonâ€™s No. 3 catcher heading into 2010, but the 28-year-old was out with a broken thumb right around the same time Victor Martinez and Jason Varitek landed on the disabled list. Heading into the 2011 season, Brown was out of minor league options (meaning he could not be sent down to the minors without being removed from the 40-man roster and risk exposure to other teams). â€¦ Expect the Red Sox to start announcing their list of minor-league free agents once next weekâ€™s Rule 5 draft takes place. â€¦ Plenty of PawSox players are staying sharp by participating in winter ball. Reddick (.182 batting average), Aaron Bates (.108 in 37 at-bats) and infielder Yamaico Navarro (.261 with four homers) are stationed in the Dominican Republic while 2010 Team MVP Bubba Bell is hitting .290 in Venezuela. Bowden is listed in the Venezuelan Winter League, but has yet to throw a pitch.