Torey Lovullo, who managed the Pawtucket Red Sox before heading off with John Farrell to Toronto, is expected to be hired as bench coach for the Boston Red Sox. WEEI's Rob Bradford has the news, which has been rumored since Farrell was said to be coming back to Boston.
Lovullo managed the PawSox in 2010, and interviewed for the vacant Red Sox manager position a year ago. He didn't get the job, and stuck with the Blue Jays as their first base coach for 2012. It sounds like he'll finally be back in the Boston organization, though, as the bench coach.
This could mean Tim Bogar's time in the organization is over. He wasn't interviewed for the manager position, and has been offered jobs elsewhere that he's turned down, most recently the bench coach job in Houston, where he had interviewed to be manager. That being said, Bogar could always stick with the Sox in a different coaching role -- that's up to Farrell.
Boston's coaching staff was all given permission to find a new job earlier on, though -- it's why Dave Magadan is already in Texas -- so it's possible the bench is going to look completely different under Farrell. After listening to the rumors that the manager and coaching staff didn't get along in 2012, this wouldn't be the worst thing for everyone's psyche.
Lovullo, like Farrell, is a former player. He broke into the majors at 22 with the Detroit Tigers, and stuck around (bouncing between the majors and minors) until 1999, before heading to Japan to play in the last pro season of his career.