BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell added a touch of New England to his coaching staff, importing Bangor (Maine) native Brian Butterfield from his staff in Toronto to become the team’s third-base coach.
Butterfield becomes the second holdover from Farrell’s Blue Jays staff to join him in Boston. Farrell’s bench coach is Torey Lovullo, who served in the same capacity in Toronto.
The Red Sox are scheduled to interview Rick Peterson for the pitching coach position this week, though Hurricane Sandy might have impacted that schedule. Peterson lives on the Jersey shore, while Farrell was scheduled to fly in from Cleveland.
The Red Sox have yet to announce whether Gary Tuck has exercised his option to return as bullpen coach. Tuck has family health issues that could impact his decision.
The team also is seeking a replacement for hitting coach Dave Magadan, who left to join the Texas Rangers in the same capacity, and also have yet to hire a first-base coach, a position held by Alex Ochoa last season. Ochoa was hired by Bobby Valentine but predated Valentine in the Sox organization, the Cuban-born Ochoa serving a key role in Jose Iglesias' transition to professional baseball here.
The 54-year-old Butterfield, who attended the University of Maine, has spent 34 years in pro baseball as player, coach and manager, including 16 seasons as a big-league coach. He was on Buck Showalter’s staff with both the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks, before spending the last 11 years with the Blue Jays, the last two with Farrell as third-base coach and infield instructor.
A former second baseman who never played in the big leagues, Butterfield also managed parts of six seasons in the Yankees’ minor-league system. He was believed to be in the running to manage the Blue Jays in the wake of Farrell’s departure, having been a finalist for the job before Farrell was hired in 2010.