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



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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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy



New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.

Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado



Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson



The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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