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Red Sox manager John Farrell, in an interview on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio, suggested that the notion that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes — acquired from the A’s at the trade deadline for

Red Sox manager John Farrell, in an interview on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio, suggested that the notion that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes — acquired from the A’s at the trade deadline for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes — is being shopped had promoted him to “chuckle a little bit.” Farrell said that Cespedes remains in the team’s plans for 2015.

“I did see some of the reports and the rumors that are out there and I can tell you this: For the two months that Yoenis was with us he was a main member of our lineup, his work ethic was strong and very consistent,” said Farrell. “We did talk about the potential of a shift to right field because of our configuration. But when you look at the emergence of Mookie Betts, the addition of Rusney Castillo, the return of Shane Victorino, we want to put guys in the best position to succeed. And with the guys that we just mentioned in addition to Daniel Nava we’€™ve got a number of right field candidates. Allen Craig is also in the mix. So I kinda chuckle a little bit at some of the reports that were out there about Yoenis. And we’€™re fortunate that he’€™s on our club and very much looking forward to him being part of our offense going forward.”

Farrell said that, while the team was interested in the idea of having Cespedes in right field when it acquired him based on his potential outfield range, the idea of such a move is currently “on hold,” an approach the team decided to pursue in order to permit Cespedes to achieve comfort with his new team rather than introducing multiple variables (new team, new position) simultaneously.

“He has played center field. He has not played right field. And we felt that it was best for a player that comes in mid-year to find a way to get him on his feet with a new club, to get comfortable as best possible,” Farrell told MLB Network Radio. “We talked about it, how do we make the best situation of Allen Craig and Yoenis Cespedes. It was a discussion point. The range of two guys, particularly in our ballpark, you would say are reversed ‘€“ Allen Craig in left, Yoenis Cespedes in right. Allen did get injured with the foot and went down for some time so we tabled that and then thought, you know what, if we’€™re going to look to do this, depending on what players are on our roster and what’€™s the best team for the Red Sox, we would address it in spring training if it needed to be. But, like I said, with the addition of others guys and as well as Shane Victorino, who is rehabbing right now, that move to right field is on hold.”

Farrell also spoke enthusiastically about Chili Davis, whom the team has tabbed to be its next hitting coach.

“We’€™re extremely excited to have Chili with us. I think there are some details yet to be finalized but, you know, Chili obviously worked here in the past back in 2011 in Pawtucket, so there’€™s some initial relationships already in place with a number of the guys that are on our roster,” Farrell said. “When you consider the pedigree that he is, the player that he was, how successful he was, how he’€™s been able to transfer some of those skills’€”most of those skills’€”into a hitting coach now, his ability to connect with guys I think is one of the strong suits, as well as a long playing career that gives him a tremendous amount of reference to give his experiences to guys he’€™s going to be working with.”

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Alex Speier

Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo, currently in the Arizona Fall League to get at-bats in preparation for an everyday big league role in 2015, left Monday’s game after two plate appearances due to a bruised hand/thumb from get

Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo, currently in the Arizona Fall League to get at-bats in preparation for an everyday big league role in 2015, left Monday’s game after two plate appearances due to a bruised hand/thumb from getting jammed while hitting. Castillo is considered day-to-day.

Castillo, who signed a contract in August that runs through 2020 for $72.5 million, is currently hitting .278 with a .333 OBP and .361 slugging mark with three doubles, three walks and six strikeouts in 39 plate appearances for the Surprise Saguaros. He’s up to a total of 125 plate appearances (39 in the AFL, 40 with the Red Sox in the big leagues, 46 in the minors after signing) with a goal of accumulating approximately 200 plate appearances by the time he concludes his first professional tour, which will wrap up with an assignment in the Puerto Rico winter league.

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Alex Speier

The significance of the World Series has become two-fold: It’s the culmination of the baseball season and it’s the prelude to the offseason. Take stock of both with Alex Speier of WEEI.com in his live chat on Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. Get your questions in now!

Live Blog Red Sox offseason live chat with Alex Speier, Tuesday at noon
 

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The Red Sox released the following about the passing of former pitcher Lou Lucier, who played with the team in 1943-44:

The Boston Red Sox mourn the loss of former pitcher Lou Lucier, who passed away on Saturday, October 18.  At 96 years, six months, and 25 days old, Lucier was the oldest surviving Red Sox player.  He had suffered a stroke earlier this month.

A native of Northbridge, MA, he is survived by two daughters, five grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter.

The right-hander played parts of three seasons in the major leagues.  He came up through the Red Sox’€™ farm system and pitched for Boston from 1943-44, compiling a 3-4 record with a 3.97 ERA in 79.1 innings over 19 games.  In 14 appearances with the Phillies from 1944-45, he went 0-1 with a 2.21 ERA.

Lucier was among the 213 former Red Sox players, managers, and coaches who took part in Fenway Park‘€™s 100th Anniversary celebration in April 2012.  He last visited Fenway Park on August 17 for the annual Red Sox Alumni Day gathering.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, October 21 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Jackman Funeral Home in Whitinsville, MA.  The funeral mass will take place on Wednesday, October 22 at St. Patrick’€™s Church beginning at 11:00 a.m.

With Lucier’€™s passing, the oldest living former Red Sox player is now Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr, who was born on April 7, 1918.  A nine-time All-Star second baseman, Doerr played his entire 14-year career for the Red Sox from 1937-51 and missed the 1945 campaign due to military service.  Below is a list of the 15 oldest living former Red Sox players.

Player

Date of Birth

Age

Bobby Doerr

April 7, 1918

96

Neill Sheridan

November 20, 1921

92

Dave Ferriss

December 5, 1921

92

Sam Mele

January 21, 1922

92

Len Okrie

July 16, 1923

91

Tom Wright

September 22, 1923

91

Hal Brown

December 11, 1924

89

Windy McCall

July 18, 1925

89

Paul Hinrichs

October 11, 1926

88

Harley Hisner

November 6, 1926

87

Al Richter

February 7, 1927

87

Charlie Maxwell

April 28, 1927

87

Billy Gardner

July 19, 1927

87

Dave Hillman

September 14, 1927

87

Herb Plews

June 14, 1928

86

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Alex Speier

Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has changed agents, moving to Roc Nation Sports from Wasserman Media Group.

Yoenis Cespedes will now be represented by Roc Nation Sports. (Getty Images)

Yoenis Cespedes will now be represented by Roc Nation Sports. (Getty Images)

Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has changed agents, moving to Roc Nation Sports from Wasserman Media Group. Roc Nation Sports is the same agency that represented Cespedes’ Red Sox teammate, Rusney Castillo, whose $72.5 million deal through 2020 represents the largest guarantee ever to a free agent from Cuba without prior big league experience. As with Castillo and fellow Roc Nation client Robinson Cano, Brodie Van Wagenen of CAA Sports will serve as the point of contact for baseball contracts involving Cespedes.

Cespedes has one season left on the four-year, $36 million deal he signed with the Athletics prior to the 2012 season, a deal that was negotiated by Adam Katz of Wasserman and that positioned Cespedes to arrive at free agency after the 2015 season, at an age (he turns 30 in October 2015) when power hitters rarely are available. The contract permits Cespedes relatively unfettered entry into free agency, as it specifies that he will be released after 2015, a procedural move that means that he will not be subject to a qualifying offer — and, accordingly, that a team that signs him in free agency won’t have to give up a draft pick.

Cespedes, who turned 29 on Saturday, has hit .263 with a .316 OBP, .464 slugging mark while averaging 24 homers and 87 RBIs a year in his three big league seasons with the A’s and (following his trade for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes on July 31) Red Sox. He hit .260/.301/.450 with 22 homers and 100 RBIs in 2014, posting a .269/.296/.423 line in Boston. Both his 100 RBIs and his 152 games played in 2014 represented career highs.

Given that Cespedes is one year from free agency, it’s natural to wonder how the agency switch impacts the possibility of the outfielder signing an extension with the Sox. In short: It probably doesn’t.

Cespedes had noted on numerous occasions with the A’s that he looked forward to testing free agent waters. Indeed, when he mentioned in February 2014 to reporters that he would be interested in staying in Oakland beyond his four-year term, the declaration was characterized by reports at the time as a surprise given his previous stance. In the final days of the 2014 season, Cespedes revealed little urgency to sign an extension.

‘€œI’€™m still not sure if I want to sign an extension or if I want to be a free agent,’€ he said on Sept. 27. ‘€œIt’€™s too soon.’€

The same may be true of the Red Sox, who probably need to gain a better sense of how Cespedes fits into the roster before considering extension talks. Though an impactful defensive outfielder with the A’s, Cespedes looked uncomfortable playing against the Green Monster in left field at Fenway Park, struggling with balls that were hit to the base of the scoreboard. Though the time acquired him with the intention of having him play right, that plan was scrapped for 2014 when he expressed some discomfort with the idea. So, at a time when the Sox have a surplus of outfielders (including Castillo, Mookie Betts, Shane Victorino, Daniel Nava and Allen Craig), Cespedes could be just as likely to be traded as extended.

GM Ben Cherington suggested that the Sox might be interested in keeping Cespedes beyond the term of his current four-year deal, but expressed little urgency in the matter.

“You know, we’ve really enjoyed having him here in the time that he’s been here. He does a lot of things on the field,” Cherington said on Sept. 29. “He seems to have fit into the clubhouse pretty quickly. And he does sort of provide an element in the middle of the lineup — confident hitter with men on base and all of those things that you see that we can use. It’s just a conversation I think we’ll have at the right time. There’s no specific date we’re planning on having that. So far, we think the relationship is off to a good start.”

Now, if the Sox wish to extend that relationship, they will do so while negotiating with a different team of representatives. Yet the actual likelihood of a deal before the end of 2015 seems unlikely to have been affected.

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Alex Speier

Chili DavisAfter a week of interviews, the Red Sox tabbed Chili Davis as their hitting coach.