Report: Red Sox expected to hire Ruben Amaro, Jr. as first base coach

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Update (7:51 PM EDT, Bill Baer): WEEI’s Rob Bradford reports that no final decision has been made. Amaro is among a small group of finalists for the first base coaching position.

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On the same day that the Phillies have reportedly hired Matt Klentak as their new general manager comes this interesting nugget from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:

Assuming the news is true, it would be quite a change of pace for Amaro, who was fired as Phillies general manager in September. Amaro has worked strictly in the front office since his playing career ended in 1998, first serving as assistant general manager with the Phillies before replacing Pat Gillick as general manager in November of 2008. Still, he has expressed interest in managing and this could get him started down that road.

Arnie Beyeler served as Boston’s first base coach/outfield instructor from 2013-2015, but his contract was not renewed for 2016.