MILWAUKEE -- According to a major league source, the Red Sox have talked with former Expos and Mets GM Omar Minaya about accepting a position in the organization, likely as a special assistant to GM Ben Cherington. Minaya is believed to be weighing numbers from a number of organizations about the type of front office role he would be interested in pursuing after spending the 2011 season on the sidelines.

Heidi Watney, the Red Sox field reporter for NESN since 2008, is leaving the network. Several reports have indicated the 30-year-old Watney is going to California to work as a sideline reporter for the Lakers on Time Warner Cable. 

MILWAUKEE -- According to an industry source, the Red Sox expect Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum to bow out of the running in their managerial search following the reported offer by the Cubs to have the former Sox third base coach fill their own managerial vacancy. The Sox are not prepared to offer Sveum the position at this time, and so they expect him to take the bird-in-hand offer.

MILWAUKEE -- According to an industry source, the Red Sox will meet with agent Bob Garber this evening. Garber represents two of the top free agent starters on this year's market, left-hander C.J. Wilson and right-hander Roy Oswalt.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia joined The Big Show Wednesday, discussing the Red Sox and the departure of closer Jonathan Papelbon. 

Pedroia, who is currently hosting Papelbon at his house, said he was "devastated" when he learned the right-hander was leaving the Red Sox.

"He's my family," Pedroia said of Papelbon, whom he called a "special" player. "When you find out that he's going to another team, it crushes you." 

Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons joined Mut & Merloni on Wednesday at noon for his weekly appearance. Gammons discussed Jonathon Papelbon signing with the Phillies and how the Red Sox will address the closer situation, and gave some insight on Boston's managerial search.

MILWAUKEE -- Phillies GM Ruben Amaro said on Tuesday that his club had granted the Red Sox an extension of their window of permission to talk to bench coach Pete Mackanin about their managerial vacancy. Amaro did not specify when that window was granted, and he acknowledged that he did not know where things stood between the Sox and Mackanin in the managerial search process.

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, passed over by the Cardinals this week, said he does not plan to manage in 2012. Speaking with CSNNE's Sean McAdam Wednesday, Francona said: "I'm not going to try to manage next year, for my benefit.

Francona and the Red Sox parted ways last month following the team's September collapse. There had been speculation that he would land with the Cubs or Cardinals, but St. Louis hired Mike Matheny to replace Tony La Russa.

MILWAUKEE -- New Orioles general manager Dan Duquette calls the likes of David Ortiz "a luxury item."

Alex Anthopolous, the GM of the Blue Jays, suggested identifying a new designated hitter "is not a top priority."



MILWAUKEE -- According to a major league source, the Red Sox have extended a contract offer to free agent David Ortiz. The proposal comes just days after Sox general manager Ben Cherington expressed a desire to keep the designated hitter in the organization.