Now that the Red Sox and Alex Cora have mutually parted ways, the next question is who replaces him?
Spring training begins in roughly a month, so there isn't exactly a ton of time. Do the Red Sox stick to someone in-house, or do they look outside the organization, perhaps someone connected to new general manager Chaim Bloom? It's even possible they just play the year out with an interim manager and then do a full search for 2021.
Here are some names to keep an eye on.
Ron Roenicke- The 63-year-old has been the Red Sox' bench coach for the last two seasons, but has some managerial experience. He was the Brewers' manager from 2011-15. In terms of internal candidates, Roenicke seems the most likely given his prior experience as manager and familiarity with current players. It's also possible he gets an interim tag, as the team conducts a full search, whenever that may be.
Carlos Febles- The current Red Sox third base coach has to be considered in a similar fashion as Roenicke. While he doesn't have any MLB managing experience, he has managed several teams in the Red Sox' farm system, including coaching several players currently on the Red Sox' roster.
Bruce Bochy/Dusty Baker/Mike Scioscia- These are three veteran managers currently not with teams, so they have to at least be considered. Bochy reportedly isn't interested in the Astros job, so it seems unlikely he would be interested in the Red Sox job. Scioscia is interesting considering Roenicke served as his bench coach for close to 10 years with the Angels. The question with these people is why would they want to inherit a team with everything that is going on?
Matt Quatraro- Quatraro is the Rays' bench coach who received interviews with the Giants and Pirates for their managerial openings this offseason. He's obviously a Bloom guy, but that might work against the Red Sox. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal says Quatraro is unlikely as Bloom may have agreed not to take any Rays people with him to Boston, which is often the case when executives leave for other teams.
Jason Varitek- Many have thrown out Varitek's name given his connection to Boston and being around the organization a bunch in recent years. This would simply be a PR hire given he has no managerial experience. It seems very unlikely.