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Red Sox fill out coaching staff with new bullpen coach

Rob Bradford
November 12, 2017 - 8:47 pm

And with the hiring of Craig Bjornson, the Red Sox and Alex Cora have completed their new coaching staff.

According to major league source, the Red Sox have locked up Bjornson to serve as their bullpen coach. The 48-year-old replaces Dana LeVangie, who was moved to become the team's pitching coach.

Bjornson had served as the Astros' bullpen coach for the past three seasons, having also manned the position in 2012. His contract was not renewed after Houston's world championship 2017 season.

The former minor-league pitcher was well-respected by the Astros' hurler, with Dallas Keuchel singling out Bjornson for helping him win the 2015 American League Cy Young Award.

Other members of Cora's staff will include Ron Roenicke (bench coach), Carlos Febles (third base coach), Tom Goodwin (first base coach), Tim Hyers (hitting coach), Andy Barkett (assistant hitting coach) and Ramon Vazquez (quality control coach).

All of the coaches from John Farrell's 2017 coaching staff, with Brian Butterfield (third base coach) and Chili Davis (hitting coach both landing with the Cubs, while the Indians scooped up Carl Willis (pitching coach) and Victor Rodriguez (assistant hitting coach). First base coach Ruben Amaro and bench coach Gary DiSarcina also have assumed the same roles with the Mets.

NBC Sports Boston was first to report the news of Bjornson's hiring.

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