The Red Sox hope to have their coaching staff in place by Christmas

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Rob Bradford of WEEI.com hears that the Red Sox hope to have Bobby Valentine’s coaching staff in place by Christmas.

As of now, bullpen coach Gary Tuck, third base coach Tim Bogar and hitting coach Dave Magadan are returning, which leaves the Red Sox looking for a new pitching coach, bench coach and first base coach. According to Bradford, Bogar could potentially move to one of the vacant positions. We assume that doesn’t include pitching coach, because that would just be weird.

During an appearance on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM earlier today, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington confirmed that Brad Arnsberg and Neil Allen have interviewed for the pitching coach vacancy. Arnsberg has previously served as pitching coach with the Expos, Marlins, Blue Jays and Astros. Allen is currently the pitching coach for the Rays’ Triple-A affiliate, but has never coached in the majors.

Cherington also acknowledged today that he has interviewed candidates beyond those which have been made public, though reports have suggested that former Athletics, Mets and Brewers pitching coach Rick Peterson is not a candidate to join Bobby V’s staff.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.