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Johnson in line for a promotion

The Providence Journal is reporting that Pawtucket manager Ron Johnson will be elevated to the major league coaching staff.

The Sox have been seeing a coach to replace Brad Mills, who left to become the manager of the Astros,

Johnson will not be the bench coach, the job Mills had. That job will apparently go to DeMarlo Hale or Tim Bogar.

Meanwhile, now that full-fledged free agency is upon us, be prepared to see assorted blog posts, Tweets and other reports about teams inquiring about players or players expressing interest in teams. To what degree any of this is actual news is up to you. Just keep in mind that a GM isn’t doing his job unless he inquires about players.

In addition, a lot of those talks are a smokescreen, or an attempt to drive up the price for another team.

What does seem to be true is that new Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos is willing to move Roy Halladay. Not trading Halladay proved to be a debacle last summer and Anthopoulos seems to realize that it’s best to get that job done now instead of waiting for July.

Halladay will require moving significant talent. But a rotation of Halladay, Lester, Beckett and Matsuzaka would be formidable to say the least.

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