Red Sox News Roundup: Pitching coach found, Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes, 40-man roster set, minor moves

Craig Breslow made several big decisions in his second full week on the job
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We’re deep into the month of November. The dust has settled on the World Series and now all 30 MLB teams are in “offseason mode,” working to formulate signings, negotiate trades, and hire coaches.

Here are five storylines from a busy week for the Boston Red Sox.

Red Sox close to hiring Andrew Bailey as pitching coach

The Red Sox are reportedly “close” to finalizing a deal that would make former reliever Andrew Bailey their new pitching coach, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported this week.

While the hiring has not been finalized or announced by the club, Bailey will be the newest member of the Red Sox’ coaching staff, barring something unforeseen.

Bailey had been the San Francisco Giants’ pitching coach since 2020, working to develop an impressively strong group of starters including Kevin Gausman, Carlos Rodón, and Logan Webb.

This is a significant addition for the Red Sox considering Bailey was considered one of this hiring cycle’s top pitching coach candidates. San Francisco had a chance to bring him back after his contract expired, and he also drew interest from the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles. Luring Bailey to Boston despite competition from three playoff contenders represents a splash for Craig Breslow, the club’s new Chief Baseball Officer.