Red Sox managerial search on hold until Theo Epstein’s situation is resolved

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Here’s something that’s not entirely surprising, but noteworthy, anyway.

Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that Red Sox will not interview any candidates for their managerial vacancy until the Theo Epstein situation is involved.

The Cubs have expressed interest in Epstein for their general manager vacancy and the Red Sox GM was reportedly spotted in a Chicago-area Starbucks this weekend.

While it’s not clear when Epstein will make a decision about his future, the Red Sox are in no hurry to settle on a new manager, anyway. According to Speier, the team will likely consider one or more candidates who are still involved in the playoffs. Brewers hitting coach (and former Red Sox third base coach) Dale Sveum is believed to be one of them.

Report: Rangers sign Jeff Mathis to two-year deal

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The Rangers have signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year contract, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal is pending a physical.

Mathis turns 36 years old at the end of March and has a career .564 OPS across 14 seasons, but he is well-regarded for his defense and ability to handle a pitching staff.

The arrival of Mathis could mean the Rangers are moving on from Robinson Chirinos behind the plate, as he is now a free agent. The Rangers could go after another catcher to complement Mathis or just have Isiah Kiner-Falefa back up Mathis. Though Kiner-Falefa mostly played elsewhere, including three spots across the infield, he did rack up over 300 defensive innings behind the plate in 2018.