With John Farrell's Red Sox tenure coming to an unceremonious end this week, the search for a new manager begins. Let's identify three options for Boston GM Dave Dombrowski as he embarks on the big search.
1. Gary DiSarcina
Why not promote from within? DiSarcina, once a front office consultant and minor league skipper for the Sox, did a fine job in 2017 as bench coach after returning from the Angels organization. If Boston wants to keep it in the family, Gary is the guy.
On a bit of a selfish note, DiSarcina was one of my favorite guys in the MLB when I was a kid, and I would absolutely love it if the longtime Angels shortstop got a chance to manage-- even if it is with the Red Sox.
2. Brad Ausmus
If Boston wants to go with a more experienced pick, they should take a look at Ausmus, who was just fired by Detroit after a 98-loss season. While he largely failed to live up to the expectations that come with replacing a legend like Jim Leyland, he's still young and brimming with potential as a manager. If the Sox want him, though, they've got to act fast, as the Mets are rumored to have interest in Ausmus as a replacement for Terry Collins.
3. Alex Cora
If you can't beat 'em...steal 'em! That's the thinking if the Red Sox opt for Alex Cora, a hot managerial prospect and current bench coach of the Houston Astros, a.k.a. the team that just knocked them out of the postseason. Cora comes from a great baseball family, played three full seasons in Boston as a shortstop, and GMs look at him fondly as a potential manager. If the Sox want to snag him, now's their time.