Gary Tuck resigns as Red Sox bullpen coach, citing personal reasons


Red Sox bullpen coach Gary Tuck retained his job as the lone holdover from Bobby Valentine’s staff, but now the 58-year-old has resigned from the position while citing personal reasons.

Tuck, who also served as catching instructor and has been with the Red Sox since 2006, took a leave of absence from the team last season for undisclosed personal reasons. However, as recently as last week he was working with catcher Ryan Lavarnway in Florida, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

“He felt it was time to retire,” manager John Farrell said. “Talented guy. Will miss him.”

Cafardo speculates that Jason Varitek “could be a candidate” to replace Tuck, although previously Varitek has indicated that he’s not interested in a full-time coaching gig at this point.

Report: Alex Cobb expected to sign soon

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Update (5:36 PM ET): Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Orioles are close to an agreement with Cobb. The contract is believed to be at least three years and in the range of $50 million.


Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that free agent pitcher Alex Cobb is expected to sign with a team soon. He notes that the Orioles are believed to be the favorite for Cobb’s services. Cobb has kept pushing for a multi-year contract rather than settling for a one-year deal.

Cobb, 30, posted a 3.66 ERA with a 128/44 K/BB ratio in 179 1/3 innings for the Rays last season.

If Baltimore is indeed his next destination, Cobb will provide a much-needed boost to the Orioles’ starting rotation, which currently includes Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Andrew Cashner, and Chris Tillman.