Source: Ex-Yankee Martinez a candidate

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- The Boston Red Sox are considering former New York Yankees first baseman Tino Martinez for the vacant position of hitting coach, according to an industry source.

The source indicated that the Red Sox have had preliminary talks with the 16-year big league veteran. Red Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday that he would begin interviewing possible candidates this weekend in hopes of naming a hitting coach by the end of next week.

Farrell also said, and Red Sox general Ben Cherington later agreed, that the club is seriously considering a two-man staff for the position.

“I think it depends on who the first guy is and if the right complement is there it’s something we’d consider,” Cherington said. “There are pros and cons to both approaches. Depending who the people are we see some benefit to two people. It’s a big job and trying to give appropriate attention to all 13 position players on the team, so it is something we’re considering.

“Both ways can work. There are some guys, and (former Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan) was one of them that could do a good job on their own, but it’s a big job so that’s why we’re considering this approach. We’ll see where it goes.”

Martinez was a career .271 hitter with 339 home runs and 1,271 RBIs with the Mariners, Yankees, Cardinals and Rays. He won four World Series titles with the Yankees. He has served as a special assistant for the Yankees and more recently as an analyst for the YES Network.