Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reported Sunday afternoon that- “according to sources”- Bjornson will indeed take over.
Bjornson, 48, has been the bullpen coach for the Houston Astros for the last four seasons, and five of the last six. He rejoins new manager Alex Cora, as Cora was Houston’s bench coach in their 2017 championship season.
With Bjornson’s addition, the Red Sox have completed their new and revamped coaching staff for 2018. Bjornson joins Tom Goodwin (1B), Carlos Febles (3B), Ron Roenicke (bench), Tim Hyers (hitting), Andy Barkett (assistant hitting), and Ramon Vazquez (quality control) as new coaching hires after Cora was named manager.
Despite being widely liked by players, the Astros weren’t set to bring Bjornson back next season.
2015 AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel credits Bjornson with helping him revamp his game.
With the coaching staff all set, it’s now time to see what players the Red Sox bring in this offseason.