Blue Jays interview various Red Sox coaches for manager gig

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Apparently the Blue Jays think the Red Sox have a pretty amazing coaching staff.
CSNNE.com’s Sean McAdam reports that the Blue Jays have already interviewed Red Sox third base coach Tim Bogar and bench coach DeMarlo Hale as potential replacements for manager Cito Gaston and also have Boston pitching coach John Farrell on their list of candidates.
Here’s how Bogar described his interview, which apparently lasted around 90 minutes:

I tried to give them a sense of how I handle people and a ball club. It was kind of a “get-to-know-me” thing, who you are and what you’re about. John and DeMarlo have been a big help to me in my career. They’re good baseball men, and if it’s not me, it better be one of those two. You want the best for people you’re close with.

Toronto’s candidates list is seemingly pretty lengthy at this point, so it’ll be interesting to see how many Boston coaches make the next cut.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.