The Red Sox are having a busy day. Earlier they announced the exercising of Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel‘s options for 2018 and, a few minutes ago, they named the rest of their coaching staff behind new manager Alex Cora.
Boston has hired former Brewers manager Ron Roenicke as Cora’s bench coach. Carlos Febles, who has been a Red Sox minor league coach and manager for a decade, was named third base coach. Tom Goodwin, who has also coached and managed in the Sox system, is the first base coach.
Cora and the Sox still have to hire a pitching coach and a hitting coach.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that Colby Rasmus has agreed to a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles.
Rasmus, 31, played only 37 games with the Rays last year. The reason: the previous offseason he underwent surgery to repair his left hip labrum and his core muscle, and the hip continued to bother him throughout spring training. He began the season on the disabled list and made his debut on May 2, hitting .281/.318/.579 in 129 plate appearances before going back on the DL June 23. He’d never return, “stepping away” from the game in the words of the club, which placed him on the restricted list for the remainder of the season.