INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said this afternoon that Gary Tuck would return to the team as the bullpen coach and catching instructor.
It will be his seventh season in the position. Tuck had an option on his contract but the Sox negotiated a new deal. Cherington did not disclose the terms.
Tuck was the bullpen coach under John Farrell from 2007-10. Cherington said he and Farrell both thought it was important to have at least one coach return from last season’s staff.
“Aside from his skill as a catching instructor and a smart baseball guy, he’s got a lot of insight into our players from this year and nobody else on the staff was going to have that,” Cherington said. “We thought that was important.”
The Red Sox still need to hire a hitting coach and a first base coach.
Interviews for the hitting coach will begin this weekend. Cherington said there are a handful of candidates. The Red Sox received permission from the Yankees to interview Tino Martinez for the job, but he was hired by the Miami Marlins this afternoon.
The first base coach is likely to come from within the organization. Triple A Pawtucket manager Arnie Beyeler is a candidate.