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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

One day after he interviewed with Red Sox and one day before he meets Mets, praise keeps rolling in for Astros bench coach Alex Cora. "The guy is always bringing something to the table for the younger guys, which is great," Astros DH Carlos Beltran said. "He has good communication with the guys. He's always in the clubhouse getting to know the players, getting to know which buttons he could push on each player to make them go out there and play the game hard."

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Astros' Cora interviews for Red Sox opening

Astros bench coach Alex Cora interviewed with the Red Sox on an off day during the ALCS. Cora will also have first-round interviews with the Mets and Tigers, sources told ESPN's Marly Rivera.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Earlier this season, Josh Reddick was telling me about the influence of Dustin Pedroia early in his career. "Once the [2011] season ended, he goes, 'Hey, Red, when you go to work out, we know how everybody wants big arms in this game. Don't worry about that. Focus on your legs. You'll hit for a lot more power.' It's ironic because I came out and hit 30 that next year [after being traded to the A's]. I was like, 'Man, he must really know what he's talking about.'"

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Arms for hire

Chicago's Wade Davis, Colorado's Greg Holland and Boston's Addison Reed all will enter free agency this offseason. Will any of these late-inning pitchers be in another uniform next season?

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Control remains issue for Owens in AFL

Henry Owens made his first start for the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League on Thursday, walking five and allowing four runs on two hits in just an inning of work. The left-hander issued 115 free passes in 126 innings in the minors this year.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox announce that lefty reliever Robby Scott underwent a left elbow arthroscopy and debridement Wednesday at Massachusetts General Hospital. Scott, who was a surprise omission from the Division Series roster, is expected to be ready for spring training. He posted a 3.79 ERA and a 0.981 WHIP in 57 appearances this season.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Francona, speaking before Game 5 of ALDS, said he talked to "dear friend" John Farrell earlier today. "Knowing John the way I do, he'll land on his feet and he'll be in a better position than he was before," Francona said.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Three names to keep in mind as the Red Sox begin their manager search: Astros bench coach Alex Cora, who played in Boston from 2005-08; Brad Ausmus, hired by Dave Dombrowski in Detroit in 2014 but fired after this season; former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who spent the season as the Diamondbacks bench coach. Jason Varitek would be a popular choice among fans, but he has never managed or coached at any level, a prerequisite according to Dombrowski.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

"I have enjoyed every moment of this job — its peaks and its valleys." — deposed Red Sox manager John Farrell

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Dombrowski on the leadership within the Red Sox's clubhouse: "I think young players' growth will make a difference in that regard. A new manager coming in will provide just an overall different dynamic, a change. And we'll see what happens in that regard."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski on why he decided to fire manager John Farrell: "That's really something I'm going to keep to myself. I'm not going to get into anything beyond that other than a lot of different factors." Dombrowski wouldn't speak hypothetically about whether Farrell would've been fired if the Sox had advanced beyond the Division Series.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dustin Pedroia is seeing a knee specialist in New York today. He will see another specialist in Boston later in the week. It's not out of the realm of possibility that Pedroia will need to have surgery again on his bothersome left knee, but because it would be a longer recovery process, the Red Sox are hoping it can be avoided.

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Dombrowski: 'Sometimes change can be better' (0:58)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Timeline on John Farrell's firing: Dave Dombrowski met with Red Sox baseball ops staff Tuesday, then decided to let Farrell go. Dombrowski discussed it with owner John Henry during a meeting that also included CEO Sam Kennedy (chairman Tom Werner chimed in via phone). Dombrowski called Farrell to Fenway on Wednesday morning to break the news.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

During the course of a 34-minute news conference at Fenway Park, Dave Dombrowski didn't offer any specifics about what prompted him to fire John Farrell except to say, "I thought it was time for a change."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Dombrowski has a list of managerial candidates that he said needs to be "fine-tuned." He said John Farrell's successor most likely won't come from the coaching staff. All coaches are under contract through 2018 and would be invited back, but Dombrowski also believes it's important for new manager to have input into choosing the staff.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell takes the fall for the Red Sox getting booted out of the first round of the playoffs for a second year in a row. But regardless of who replaces him, the Sox must address leadership issues in the clubhouse. It's still a young team. Perhaps a younger manager will be able to bring out stronger leadership qualities in Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, etc.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Astros bench coach Alex Cora will be mentioned as a Red Sox managerial candidate. Houston skipper A.J. Hinch has praised Cora for his "ability to connect with players." More from Hinch: "He's very sharp, sees the game in an extraordinarily deep way, has really connected well with players in our clubhouse and spent a lot of time developing relationships and being the bench coach liaison to the clubhouse that I asked him to be."

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Kurkjian: Red Sox needed to move on (2:21)

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs78510th
Batting Average.25813th
On Base Percentage.32911th
Slugging Percentage.40726th
Earned Run Average3.704th
Quality Starts882nd
WHIP1.255th
BAA.2459th