Just days after John Farrell was officially introduced as the Toronto Blue Jays manager, the Red Sox may have found his replacement.
According to WEEI and ESPN Boston, the Red Sox interviewed former Oakland Athletics pitching coach Curt Young on Monday to fill the team's pitching coach vacancy left by Farrell.
Young decided not to return to the Athletics next season as he reportedly turned down a one-year offer from the club. He has been in the Oakland organization 27 years, both as a player and a coach
Despite having the youngest pitching staff in the league which includes All-Stars Trevor Cahill and Andrew Baily, the A's led the American League in 2010 with a 3.58 combined ERA. In his entire career as the A's pitching coach, Young has worked with the likes of Barry Zito, Mark Mulder, Dan Haren and Tim Hudson, and developed them all into All-Stars.
The team has also interviewed AA Portland pitching coach Mike Cather and former bullpen coach Ralph Treuel for the job.
However, sources indicate that Young is the strong favorite to replace Farrell and impressed the Red Sox management the most out of all of the candidates interviewed. He is by far the most qualified and has connections with manager Terry Francona when he was the bench coach for the A's.