INDIAN WELLS, Calf. — The GM meetings have broken up here in sunny southern California. But there are a few bits of Red Sox news to report before heading home.
Rick Schu is one of the candidates to become the new hitting coach and will interview with Ben Cherington today, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
Schu, 50, was the hitting coach of the Diamondbacks and then become a minor league instructor with the Nationals. He played nine years in the majors with five teams.
Two other notes from last night:
• Scott Boras did his annual catch-all press conference. He said there have been no talks on an extension for Jacoby Ellsbury. Boras is focused only on negotiating a deal for 2013. Ellsbury is in his final year of arbitration.
Typically, a player hires Boras with the intent of exploring the free-agent market. That certainly seems to be the case with Ellsbury.
• Boras also thinks Daisuke Matsuzaka will get a shot to pitch again. “He’s really a candidate for a team that wants a guy to come in that may give you a ceiling that you may not expect,” Boras said.
The agent also pointed out — and he’s right about this — that many pitchers do not fully recover from Tommy John surgery until the second year.
The Red Sox haven’t come out and said they have no interest in Matsuzaka. But that has been implied.