Red Sox narrow managerial pursuit: Alomar out, Lamont to get another interview

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The Red Sox let it be known early this evening that Sandy Alomar Jr. was out of the running for their vacant managerial gig but that Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont would get a second interview for the job.

Along with Lamont, Bobby Valentine and Torey Lovullo remains candidates for the Red Sox. ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes believes the Red Sox will either pick Valentine or go with a Lamont-Lovullo combination, with Lovullo presumably serving as bench coach and heir.

It’d be the third stint for the 64-year-old Lamont as a manager.  He was 258-210 with the White Sox in 1992-1995 and 295-352 with the Pirates from 1997-2000.

Alomar, who is set to take over as Cleveland’s bench coach next season, apparently was ruled out due to his lack of experience. According to WEEI’s Alex Speier, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said that he expects Alomar will be an excellent manager at some point.

The Red Sox aren’t expected to make their pick until after Thanksgiving.

The Mariners have made an offer to bring back Hisashi Iwakuma

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Hisashi Iwakuma tells the Japan Times that the Mariners have made him an offer to return.

Iwakuma became a free agent earlier this month after the Mariners, not surprisingly, declined his $10 million option for 2018. Iwakuma says that it’s “not a done deal,” but “hopefully I will be able to make a positive announcement soon.”

Iwakuma, who turns 37 early next season, made only six starts in 2017, posting a 4.35 ERA, 3.5 BB/9 and 4.6 SO/9 over 31 innings. He went on the disabled list in May and never returned to action, undergoing arthroscopic debridement surgery in September. He hopes to be recovered fully by spring training.