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Red Sox Reel In Tony LaRussa As VP And Special Assistant, Also Stock Up On New Coaches

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As announced on Thursday morning, the Boston Red Sox hired Tony LaRussa as Vice President and special assistant to general manager Dave Dombrowski.

The Boston Herald was the first source to break the impending news.

According to NESN per the Red Sox, LaRussa will “assist Dombrowski in all areas of baseball operations, including player development and consultation with the major and minor league coaching staffs.”

LaRussa, 73, enjoyed a 33-year managing career from 1979-2011. He followed that up as assistant to Chief MLB Officer Joe Torre for two years, and the Chief Baseball Officer for the Arizona Diamondbacks since 2014; it was announced almost three weeks ago that LaRussa had stepped down from the position.

“It’s not that I can’t contribute,” LaRussa said. “It’s that they (front office and scouts) don’t need it. These guys are sharp.”

This is a huge acquisition for the Red Sox. LaRussa is a truly brilliant baseball mind, having won three World Series rings as a manager, and four Manager of the Year awards. His track record speaks for itself. His presence along with Dombrowski should do great things as far as trades, free agent signings, and draft picks go.

But wait- the Red Sox weren’t done there!

Also on Thursday, Boston announced three additional hirings: Ron Roenicke as the bench coach, Tom Goodwin as the first base coach/outfielder instructor, and Carlos Febles as the third base coach/infielder instructor; all three are former Major League players with solid coaching and/or managing experience.

Boston continued their busy week by announcing Sunday the hiring of Tim Hyers as hitting coach, and Andy Barkett as assistant hitting coach.

The Red Sox are going hard right now. A new manager, a new VP, and two new hitting coaches. Also- the first and third base coaches have roles on top of that. The World Series ended about five days ago, and Boston’s wasting no time. With these personnel voids filled, now they can focus entirely on how they can improve their team that performs.

It should be an extremely busy next three months for the Red Sox, no question. We’ll see how that goes.

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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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Eduardo Nunez

The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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Billy Hamilton

As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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