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Red Sox's coaching staff may see changes

Bench coach Lovullo could be sought by clubs with managerial vacancy

BOSTON -- Unlike a year ago, when the Red Sox brought back their entire coaching staff, there's a chance for changes heading into 2015.

Bench coach Torey Lovullo is drawing interest as a managerial candidate, particularly from the Houston Astros, and other teams with managerial openings could call him soon. Third-base coach Brian Butterfield also has plenty of skills that could make him a good manager.

In the coming days, Farrell and general manager Ben Cherington will meet with all of the coaches, a group that also includes pitching coach Juan Nieves, hitting coach Greg Colbrunn, assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez, first-base coach Arnie Beyeler and bullpen coach Dana LeVangie.

"I think any time we finish in the position we're in, we're always looking for ways to get better," said manager John Farrell. "This is the same group that I think had an impact on our success of a year ago. Our staff is always going to be an integral part to this organization and to our success going forward, but we still have a number of conversations to be had with each guy on the staff.

"Yesterday was a quick day -- we're in and out. Some of those conversations have already taken place. The most important thing is we'll always have a group of people here that are a big part of what we do."

Ian Browne is a reporter for
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