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.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.