Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said via email he has a meeting for tomorrow with Bobby Valentine.
Cherington spent the weekend in the Dominican Republic and will now return to the job of finding a new manager. Valentine emerged as a candidate last week when Red Sox ownership apparently rejected Cherington's first choice, Dale Sveum.
Three other candidates — Sandy Alomar Jr., Gene Lamont and Torey Lovullo — remain in contention along with Valentine. But for Valentine to have come this far could be a sign that he is the front-runner.
Cherington met with Valentine earlier in the search process. Valentine also had had discussions with team president Larry Lucchino and possibly owner John Henry.
Yahoo's Jeff Passan was the first to report about the existence of tomorrow's meeting.