It's Day 60 in the search for a new manager. Perhaps the Red Sox front office will reach out to Henry Kissinger to negotiate a peaceful end to the proceedings.
Here is what we know:
• Bobby Valentine is back from Japan today. He said this morning that he's hoping to hear soon. He has not heard from the team since last week.
• Gene Lamont is chilling at his home in Florida. He said last night that he is hoping to hear something soon and also hasn't heard from the team since last week.
• This matter is in the hands of John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino and Ben Cherington and they're in decision-making mode according to team sources. That could come later today or tomorrow. But the plan remains to make a call and announce the new skipper by the end of the week.
• The Red Sox can certainly negotiate with free agents and/or make trades any time they want. But not having a manager is detriment to those matters. For instance, when the Royals recruited Jonathan Broxton (who agreed to terms today) their pitch included his going on a hunting trip with Ned Yost.
Now that doesn't mean Lamont or Valentine would have out in the woods with the burly reliever. But it does mean that players would like to know their manager before they sign.
There is a sense in the industry that free agents are ready to move and the period before the Winter Meetings will be busy.
So that's the latest. As more breaks, we'll post it here.