- Joe McDonald, ESPN Staff Writer
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BOSTON -- With John Farrell leaving to take the Blue Jays managerial job, Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein and manager Terry Francona will make a list in the coming days of candidates to take his place as Red Sox pitching coach.
“We certainly want to interview internal candidates and we’ll probably interview a couple who aren’t,” Francona said. “But we’re not there yet, so we’ll probably work on that today and tomorrow.”
As far as internally, the Red Sox have some solid options:
* Mike Cather: A major league advance scout for the Sox, Cather served as the pitching coach for Double-A Portland for three seasons (2007-2009) and has been one of many in the Red Sox organization responsible for the development of Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester and Daniel Bard. In fact, when Buchholz struggled in 2008, one of the reasons the Red Sox sent him back to Double-A was to work with Cather.
Prior to his stint with the Sea Dogs, Cather spent his first season in the Red Sox organization as the pitching coach at Single-A Wilmington. As a player, Cather pitched in the Atlanta Braves organization from 1993 to 1999.
* Rich Sauveur: The 46-year-old has worked in the Red Sox organization for the last three seasons as the pitching coach for Triple-A Pawtucket. He has also been instrumental in the development of Buchholz, Bard, Felix Doubront and Michael Bowden.
Prior to being hired by the Red Sox, Sauveur spent the previous five seasons as a pitching coach in the Milwaukee Brewers organization, working at both the Double-A and Single-A levels. He’s currently coaching this offseason in the Dominican Republic.
* Bob Kipper: Currently the pitching coach at Portland, the 45-year-old Kipper has been in the Red Sox organization since 1999 and has served as a pitching coach for Single-A Lowell (1999), Single-A Augusta (2000-2001), Portland (2003-2004, 2010), Single-A Greenville (2005-2006 and 2008-2009) and Single-A Lancaster (2007). He also served as the Red Sox’s bullpen coach in 2002.