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Red Sox hire Juan Nieves as new pitching coach

The Red Sox are reportedly favoring Juan Nieves as their next pitching coach.

Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

The Boston Red Sox continue to fill out their new coaching staff, with reports now surfacing that John Farrell will likely make Juan Nieves his pitching coach. Nieves, a bullpen coach with the White Sox, has passed Rick Peterson as Boston's No. 1 choice, according to a report from Jon Heyman of CBS. Heyman also reports that Nieves had a seven-hour interview with the Red Sox brass.

Farrell got his start in the dugout as a pitching coach for the Red Sox, quickly drawing positive reviews that boosted him to a managerial position. If Nieves is confirmed, he'll work closely with Farrell to rebuild a staff that was woefully inconsistent during the 2012 season. The Red Sox had the third-worst team ERA in the American League last season.

Peterson is Baltimore's director of pitching development, and has a longtime relationship with Farrell. The Red Sox reportedly interviewed Randy St. Claire and the Royals Steve Foster as two more candidates for the open position.