MILWAUKEE — Dale Sveum is not the only candidate remaining to become the next manager of the Red Sox. General manager Ben Cherington said that the team plans to call back a second candidate for a follow-up interview.
But that may not happen before the GM Meetings end on Thursday.
“We expect there will be one. But at this point it’s possible it won’t happen in Milwaukee. We’re still working through that process,” Cherington said. We’re still narrowing in on at least one other finalist. It’s a combination of that and logistics.”
That other candidate will be Sandy Alomar Jr., Gene Lamont, Torey Lovullo or Pete Mackanin.
Sveum, who is clearly the favorite at this point, will meet tomorrow with John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino.
“I’m looking forward to spending some time with him,” Henry said today upon checking in.
Cherington is headed for the Dominican Republic on Friday, so don’t expect a new manager in place before Monday or Tuesday, if then.
It remains unclear whether Sveum is getting a second interview with the Cubs. Cherington said the Cubs are factor as the Red Sox search for their man.
“We don’t have the field to ourselves, so that is a factor. It probably affects timing more than anything,” he said. “I do think the jobs are different and the same person is not necessarily the right fit for both jobs.”
As to other matters:
• Cherington is going to the Dominican on a dual mission. He is starting the reorganization of the international scouting department. The Red Sox were largely unsuccessful developing Latin American player during Theo Epstein’s tenure and revamping that part of baseball operation has been needed for a while.
Cherington also is going to personally scout Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes, an outfielder who has become the flavor of the month around baseball.
“He’s certainly an intriguing talent,” Cherington said. “He’s a guy who has performed in Cuba. He’s a right-handed hitting outfielder with tools and power, and he has been impressive in some workouts. But we need to get to know him a lot better, and we’ll know him a lot better after we get down there this weekend than we do now.”
Cespedes is supposedly 26. But with Cuban players, that’s usually a good guess more than an absolute.
• Cherington also said the team medical department will be reorganized. The first step will be determining what model works best and then deciding what people fit those roles.
• Cherington said the organization would be pleased to keep bench coach DeMarlo Hale in some role but they didn’t feel he fit as manager given the end of the season.
• Clay Buchholz will be working out in Arizona with Dustin Pedroia and his trainer. Buchholz threw some games in the Instructional League after the season and his back seems fine.
• The GMs have been told that free agent compensation could change under the new CBA. Cherington believes that Jonathan Papelbon will still merit compensation under whatever new system is instituted.
• The Red Sox and Cubs are still discussing the compensation for Theo Epstein. They’re hoping to settle it before Bud Selig steps in. The sides will meet again tonight.
• Cherington said the Sox will do their diligence with Yu Darvish, the Japanese star who is expected to be posted. But unlike in 2006, when they signed Daisuke Matsuzaka, the Red Sox do not have a lot of payroll open.
Without coming right out and saying it, Cherington said the Red Sox will not be in the mix for Darvish.
• Josh Reddick has surgery on his left wrist today and will need 4-6 weeks of rehab. He was struck on the wrist by a pitch on Sept. 3. He finished the season and then played with an MLB team that toured Taiwan. But when the pain persisted, he got the surgery.
• Each team is allowed two representatives at the GM Meetings. Cherington is here with vice president of player development and amateur scouting Mike Hazen. He acknowledged that Hazen will be promoted to assistant GM