Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reported on Friday morning that the Red Sox are planning to name Ron Roenicke their manager as soon as Major League Baseball concludes its investigation into the sign-stealing allegations against the team.
The Sox have been seeking a manager since January 14 when they mutually parted ways with Cora because of his prominent role in the sign-stealing scandal that led to Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow being suspended for a year, then fired.
Roenicke would succeed Boston's 2018 World Series-winning manager Alex Cora, who was sacked last month because of his role in the Astros' systemic use of cameras to steal signs while he was Houston's bench coach in 2017.
The results of the league's investigation are expected to be released before pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Tuesday, meaning official word of the managerial hire is likely to come shortly thereafter.
However, the Red Sox say their search is still continuing.
The Red Sox reportedly interviewed former Toronto Blue Jays skipper John Gibbons for the gig earlier this week, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The report heavily implicated Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who was the Astros' bench coach in 2017. "I always try to do things the right way". He led Milwaukee to a 96-win season and an appearance in the NLCS in 2011, but the Brewers never finished above third place in his final four years.
An outfielder in his playing days, Roenicke spent parts of eight seasons in the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds from 1981 to 1988.