Dave Magadan accepts Bobby Valentine’s offer to remain Red Sox’s hitting coach

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Dave Magadan has been the Red Sox’s hitting coach since 2007 and he’ll keep the job despite never working with new manager Bobby Valentine before.

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Valentine called Magadan today to offer the job and he gladly accepted, saying: “It was good to get a vote of confidence from the front office, and Bobby concurring with the way they felt.”

Boston has made sweeping changes this offseason, but letting Magadan go would have been an odd move after leading league in runs, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage this year despite being without Kevin Youkilis for 40 games and getting little production from Carl Crawford. They also ranked second, third, second, and third in scoring during Magadan’s first four seasons on the job.

Magadan retired as a player in 2001 and Valentine’s last season as a manager was 2002.

Report: Phillies interested in Manny Machado; Orioles have done homework on Phillies’ minor league system

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Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will become a free agent after the 2018 season and there hasn’t been much in the way of progress on a contract extension between the two sides. It seems as if Machado will test the open market next offseason.

The Phillies, currently with relatively minuscule obligations for the 2018 season and beyond, are expected to be big players for Machado, as well as other potential free agents like Bryce Harper. In fact, the Phillies may not even want to wait until next offseason, as Roch Kubatko of MASN reports that the club has expressed interest in Machado to the Orioles. In return, the O’s have been doing their homework on the Phillies’ minor league system.

Kubatko notes that the Orioles like, in particular, Phillies prospects Sixto Sanchez and Scott Kingery. The Phillies may be hesitant to part with either considering they can get Machado for a lot of cash but no prospects next winter. MLB Pipeline rates Sanchez as the Phillies’ best pitching prospect and the second-best prospect overall in the system. Kingery is third overall and the top infielder. While the Phillies’ system is among the best in baseball, its notable weakness is pitching, so parting with Sanchez — who throws in the upper 90’s and can hit triple digits — would be a big ask. Kingery is seen as the club’s next second baseman of the future, so much so that the Phillies are shopping Cesar Hernandez at the Winter Meetings.

As usual with rumors during the Winter Meetings, there may be some smoke but no actual fire here. The Orioles are likely to get continued interest in Machado from many teams between now and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. They are simply doing their due diligence by seeing what the Phillies and others have to offer for Machado.