ORLANDO -- DeMarlo Hale was not invited back for a second round of interviews for the Mets' manager job, which means he should be returning to the Red Sox as Terry Francona’s bench coach.
With the exception of pitching coach John Farrell, who was hired to manage the Toronto Blue Jays, the rest of the Sox coaching staff will be back, pending an official announcement by GM Theo Epstein. That includes first-base coach Ron Johnson, who left the team during last season after his 11-year-old daughter was involved in a serious accident.
Hitting coach Dave Magadan, third-base coach Tim Bogar and bullpen coach Gary Tuck will be back. Curt Young replaces Farrell as pitching coach.