Former Major League manager, ex-Japanese League manager and current ESPN baseball analyst Bobby Valentine is reportedly in line to be named the new manager of the Boston Red Sox.
According to multiple media reports, including ESPNBoston.com, a source close to the team said Valentine officially accepted the job Tuesday. He has been in Japan and was en route back to the U.S. and due to return to Boston by today for what is believed to be an official news conference announcing his appointment.
The team has refused comment on the reports. However, the team did say that former big league skipper Gene Lamont was still a candidate, although ESPN and other outlets reported Lamont is no longer in the running. Lamont told ESPNBoston.com that he has not heard anything from the Red Sox in the past few days.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington had previously said that he hoped to have a new skipper in time for next week’s baseball winter meetings in Dallas.
ROYALS: Reliever Jonathan Broxton and the Kansas City Royals agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract that guarantees the right-hander $4 million, solidifying one of the big league’s youngest bullpens and providing a setup man for closer Joakim Soria.
The agreement, which is pending a physical, also includes performance bonuses.
Kansas City was willing to take a chance on the former Burke County star despite his being limited to just 14 games for the Dodgers last season because of elbow trouble. A two-time All-Star, the 27-year-old Broxton made $7 million last season as part of an $11 million, two-year deal.
• A U.S. bankruptcy judge delayed a hearing in a dispute between Fox and the Los Angeles Dodgers over the team’s plan to sell future media rights.
The hearing had been set for Wednesday but has been rescheduled for Dec. 7.
GIANTS: General manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy have received contract extensions taking them through the 2013 season with club options for 2014, moves that were expected this winter.
CEO Larry Baer had been committed during the off-season to keeping both men with the organization after they were instrumental in the team’s 2010 World Series championship, the first for the franchise since moving West in 1958. Sabean is the longest-tenured GM with one club in baseball.
RANGERS: Greg Maddux is leaving the Chicago Cubs to join the AL champions, reuniting him with his brother Mike.
The Rangers said Tuesday that Greg Maddux, a former Atlanta Braves star, will become a special assistant to the general manager, the same role he held with the Cubs the last two seasons.
Mike Maddux has been the Rangers’ pitching coach for the past three seasons.
PHILLIES: Right-hander Scott Mathieson was released, allowing him to sign with a team in Asia.
The 27-year-old was 1-4 with a 6.75 ERA in eight starts and seven relief appearances with the Phillies in 2006, 2010 and this year. He didn’t allow a run in four relief outings this year.
METS: Pitcher-turned-outfielder Adam Loewen has agreed to a minor league contract with New York.
The 27-year-old Loewen, who will attend major league spring training under Tuesday’s deal, was 6 for 32 (.188) for Toronto last season.