DeMarlo Hale interviewed for the Boston Red Sox manager’s job on Thursday. He’s unlikely to get it.
The Red Sox apparently have their heart set on Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell, once Boston’s pitching coach, and the teams are reportedly discussing compensation.
Hale, who was a coach for the Red Sox for six seasons before leaving to become the Orioles’ third base coach for the 2012 season, has interviewed for several managers jobs. The Red Sox interviewed him before Terry Francona was hired in 2003, but declined to interview him last year when he was Francona’s bench coach.
If Boston and Toronto aren’t able to work out compensation, Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach and San Diego Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus both are possible choices. New York Yankees bench coach Tony Pena and Hale both interviewed this week.
Hale’s best shot at a job may come in Toronto. He interviewed for the Blue Jays job when they hired Farrell two years ago.
If Farrell moves on, Hale may not be the only candidate who has worked under Buck Showalter. Blue Jays bench coach Don Wakamatsu, a former Seattle manager, and third base coach Brian Butterfield were Showalter coaches. Wakamatsu was Showalter’s bench coach in Texas, and Butterfield spent five seasons with Showalter in New York and Arizona.