NBC Sports Boston has parted ways with Evan Drellich, its Red Sox reporter for the past two seasons.
Free agency seems to be going so well for the players, I thought I’d give it a try. So, who needs a baseball reporter? Thanks to @NBCSBoston for a great two years
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) February 12, 2019
Drellich announced the news Tuesday morning on WEEI’s “Mut & Callahan’’ show, on which is he is an occasional third voice.
The timing of NBC Sports Boston’s decision is surprising given that Red Sox pitchers and catchers have their first spring training workout on Wednesday in Fort Myers.
Drellich was informed of the network’s decision upon returning from a recent vacation. He had been at NBC Sports Boston since March 2017, coming over from the Boston Herald. He has also covered baseball for MLB.com, MassLive, and the Houston Chronicle.
NBC Sports Boston intends to make a hire, but it is not a Red Sox-specific reporter. Former ESPN “SportsCenter’’ anchor Jorge Andres will join the regional network soon. Andres, who was with ESPN from November 2011 to November 2015, has most recently been with CBS Sports HQ, its online streaming sports network.
NBC Sports Boston is not expected to hire someone to cover the Red Sox with original beat reporting in the way Drellich and Sean McAdam before him did. Instead, the network is expected to depend more on aggregation of Red Sox news.