Pawtucket Red Sox manager Gary DiSarcina has been hired by the Los Angeles Angels as their third base coach.
DiSarcina might have stayed in the Red Sox organization had a position opened up on the major league staff. But general manager Ben Cherington said Monday he expected all of the coaches to return.
Bench coach Torey Lovullo was seen as a candidate to manage, but Cherington said no teams sought permission to interview him. The Cubs may be blocked by an agreement with former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein not to hire Red Sox employees for a period of three years.
DiSarcina, 45, played for the Angels from 1989-2000. He was with the Red Sox from 2006-10 managing in the minors before becoming infield coordinator. He rejoined the Angels in 2011 as a special assistant to the general manager before becoming their minor league field coordinator in 2012.
Pawtucket was 80-63 under DiSarcina, winning the International League North Division. In the league’s championship series, the PawSox fell to Durham in four games.
DiSarcina handled several delicate situations well, benching Jose Iglesias for a lack of hustle during the spring, then helping the talented shortstop return to the majors. He also helped Will Middlebrooks get back on track.
Nearly every player the Red Sox called up from Pawtucket contributed in some way, and manager John Farrell spoke several times about the clear line of communication he had with DiSarcina.
For Pawtucket, 2014 will bring the fifth manager in the last six years. Portland manager Kevin Boles, who has managed in the organization the last six seasons, could be a candidate.