According to a report from Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the Red Sox and Cubs have asked the Rangers for permission to speak to Mike Maddux about the vacant managerial job.
Maddux has been rumored as a candidate for the position since the departure of Terry Francona. The 50-year-old Maddux has been the pitching coach for the last three seasons for the Rangers, taking over a staff that had an AL-worst ERA in 2008. The Rangers have finished eighth, third and fifth in ERA in Maddux's three seasons, with the club winning the AL pennant each of the last two years. Maddux pitched for the Red Sox from 1995-96.
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Red Sox vice president of player personnel and professional scouting Allard Baird decided not to accept an offer to interview with the Baltimore Orioles about their GM vacancy. He cited his desire to work with new Red Sox GM Ben Cherington in explaining his decision.
"I was honored that the Baltimore Orioles expressed interest in me as a candidate for the GM position," Baird wrote in a text message. "The opportunity to possibly work side by side with [Orioles manager] Buck Showalter made this so attractive. At the end of the day, it came down to my loyalty to the Red Sox [and] Ben Cherington."
Baird, formerly the GM of the Royals, joined the Red Sox as a consultant late in the 2006 season before entering the organization full time in 2007. Since then, he has served as one of the most trusted talent scouts in the organization, in addition to an assortment of organizational duties.
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With the news that Dodgers owner Frank McCourt had reached a settlement agreement with Major League Baseball to sell the team, speculation has already commenced in earnest about potential bidders for one of baseball's jewel franchises. Among those mentioned in early speculation has been Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, who bought the Sox along with principal owner John Henry in 2001.
Though he did not explicitly rule out the possibility of bidding, Werner -- a longtime television executive who resides in Southern California -- suggested that he is not eager to part ways with Boston.
"I am very happy in Boston (except for a few days this past October)," Werner wrote in an e-mail.
Bidding on the Dodgers, according to multiple reports, could be in excess of $1 billion.
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Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said that his team has requested permission to speak with two additional managerial candidates. However, as of late this afternoon, the Sox had yet to hear back from those teams about those requests. That being the case, Cherington was not prepared to disclose the names of the candidates whom the Sox are hoping to discuss the vacancy created when manager Terry Francona parted ways with the organization after the season. Given that permission was requested, however, it was clear that both candidates would come from outside the organization.
The Sox conducted their second managerial interview on Wednesday, this time with Brewers hitting coach (and former Red Sox third base coach) Dale Sveum. The team also interviewed Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin on Monday.
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Adrian Gonzalez, Jacoby Ellsbury and David Ortiz were named winners of the Silver Slugger Award on Wednesday. It is the first Sliver Slugger (awarded annually to the top offensive players at each position in the National and American Leagues) for Gonzalez and Ellsbury, and the fifth for Ortiz.
Gonzalez finished second in the American League with a career-best .338 average. He also ranked in the AL top three in RBI (117, third), OPS (.957, third) and total bases (345, second).
Ellsbury led the American League with 364 total bases in 2011, a season that saw the center fielder become the first player in Red Sox history to hit at least 30 home runs and steal 30 bases. His 83 extra-base hits also topped all AL players.
Ortiz -- who last won the Silver Slugger in 2007 -- hit 29 home runs with 96 RBI in 2011. His .953 OPS, .554 slugging percentage and .309 batting average all finished in the AL top 10.
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