According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi and FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Diamondbacks are set to interview Red Sox’ bench coach Torey Lovullo and ESPN analyst, broadcast, and former major leaguer Alex Cora for an open managerial position.
Lovullo has been the clear favorite for the position since it became available, with extensive experience as a minor league infield coach and manager and major league coach for the Indians, Blue Jays and Red Sox from 2001 through 2016.
Unlike Lovullo, Cora has no experience managing or coaching in the major or minor league circuits, but worked as the GM of the Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican Baseball League. He is also the current GM for the Puerto Rico national baseball team, which is expected to compete during the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Both Lovullo and Cora have been targeted by multiple major league teams for managerial openings in past seasons.
The Diamondbacks are expected to talk to at least 3-5 more candidates about the position before making a decision.