General manager Ben Cherington said that the Red Sox have not contacted any teams about potential managerial candidates. Indeed, he said that after the team met with former manager Bobby Valentine on Thursday morning in a 90-minute meeting to let him know of the decision to move on, and that the club has yet to establish its list of candidates.
Cherington did, however, allow that the team likely would assign different weight to different managerial traits this offseason than it did when undertaking the managerial search that led the club to Valentine last winter. With the Sox coming off a 69-win season, rather than last year's 90-win team that missed the playoffs by a game, the team may seek a different sort of resume from its next manager, which may lead to a different emphasis on prior managerial experience.
"The circumstances of the team are different. We’re in a different position now than we were last fall. The roster looks different," Cherington said. "As we rebuild that roster, we need to find someone who can help us build a culture that’s necessary to allow players to flourish, and for us ultimately to win games. It may be that by virtue of us being in a different spot from a roster standpoint that we could consider different types of candidates. We haven’t gotten into that yet. We’re not prepared to discuss candidates. We’ll spend the next several days doing that."
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