Boston Red Sox: Five candidates to replace Alex Cora as manager

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Potential Red Sox manager Raul Ibanez
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Raul Ibanez has been a name that has been floated among managerial candidate circles for a couple of years now. He is viewed as a high character candidate who would likely play well in a major league clubhouse.

Ibanez, who retired from baseball in 2014, is highly regarded by current players, many of whom played either with or against him during his time in the game. The 2009 All-Star has not been a coach previously.

He has been a television analyst for ESPN and ESPN Deportes. In addition, Ibanez has served in a front-office role with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he currently serves in the role of special advisor to the President of Baseball Operations, Andrew Friedman.

The 47-year-old was considered for the San Francisco Giants manager position this offseason, but Gabe Kapler was ultimately given the position. Ibanez was highly sought after by the New York Yankees for their open managerial role in 2017, but he declined the request of the team to interview for the position and they ended up hiring current manager Aaron Boone instead.

The Red Sox would likely be interested in having an individual of his charisma, who has served in a role close to Andrew Friedman as a candidate for a potential opening as their manager.