Red Sox set to hire Curt Young as new pitching coach

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Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox will hire Curt Young as their new pitching coach.

Young was the A’s pitching coach for the past six seasons, but reportedly turned down a 40 percent raise to remain in Oakland. Instead he’ll head to Boston to replace John Farrell, who left the Red Sox to last month to become the Blue Jays’ manager.

Oakland led the AL in ERA this season and finished among the league’s top six in run prevention every year under Young, so he brings a pretty solid track record to Boston. He also worked with Red Sox manager Terry Francona when they were both members of the A’s organization back in 2003.

Yesterday the A’s promoted bullpen coach Ron Romanick as Young’s replacement.

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.