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Boston Red Sox Manager Search: Mike Maddux Next For Interview? Sox Reportedly Ask For Permission To Meet Rangers Pitching Coach

The Boston Red Sox have asked for permission to interview Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, according to a report from SI's Jon Heyman.

Maddux, the brother of Cy Young winner Greg Maddux, has spent nine seasons as a pitching coach for Texas and Milwaukee. He pitched for 15 seasons in the MLB, retiring in 2000.

The Red Sox have already interviewed Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum. Boston general manager Ben Cherington said the team would likely interview five or six candidates during the first round of interviews, but that number could potentially expand.

Heyman speculated on Twitter that the Red Sox and Chicago Cubs could each interview the same six people - Mackanin, Sveum, Maddux, Cleveland Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach and Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez.

Cherington said the Sox would prefer to hire a manger before Thanksgiving, but hasn't committed to a specific timetable.

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