Purple Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo stays in limbo and the Cubs’ managerial search is temporarily on hold as a dispute over his availability to them is being waged between the Red Sox and Cubs.
The Cubs have been denied permission to ask about Lovullo’s availability for his or her managerial job, not less than for now, as Red Sox larger-ups are claiming their settlement to permit Theo Epstein to leave to become Cubs president prohibits him from hiring away Purple Sox employees.
Lovullo, the Crimson Sox bench coach, would look like a severe managerial candidate for the Cubs – if solely he was given a chance by his present bosses. But at this level, Pink Sox management isn’t permitting Epstein to ask for permission to interview Lovullo.
The Cubs had been hoping to have a supervisor in place by the GM meetings next week in Orlando, so the objective was to rent a supervisor this week. In the event that they imagine it is value ready for Lovullo, that will not happen.
The Cubs are stated to have been impressed with a number of of the boys they’ve already interviewed, and it’s believed that Padres bench coach Rick Renteria and Padres government A.J. Hinch are among those being most strongly thought of. They’re “within the mix,” said someone aware of the scenario.
The sticky state of affairs involving Lovullo was first talked about by Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com.
Lovullo, Epstein, Crimson Sox GM Ben Cherington and Purple Sox president Larry Lucchino did not instantly return texts.
It isn’t known whether or not there’s a time-frame by which the Red Sox can stop hires by Chicago. Nevertheless it has been two years since Epstein left.
Technically, Epstein would not be poaching one of many employees who was with the Crimson Sox when he left for Chicago, as Lovullo moved to work for John Farrell in Toronto after Epstein left. But it’s potential the Pink Sox may attempt to invoke the letter of the agreement.
The opposite difficulty, after all, is Lovullo. There are only 30 main-league managing jobs, and the one with the Cubs is one of the most coveted in many circles. Would Boston ownership persist with its guns regarding an agreement with a team within the different league, and threat upsetting Lovullo?