According to a new report from MLB.com, the Boston Red Sox are looking to add another member to their already impressive coaching staff. The report this morning suggests that the Red Sox have not only set their sights on Randy Niemann, but they've apparently already swayed him in their direction.
The report comes from an unknown source familiar with the matter. Niemann, who worked with the New York Mets last season as their rehabilitation pitching coordinator, is apparently being courted by the Red Sox to be their new assistant pitching coach.
If this is true, Niemann will be ending a nearly quarter-century role with the New York Mets, but he won't be losing family in the move. Bobby Valentine, the Red Sox current manager, worked with Niemann from 1997 through 1999 with the Mets.
As of right now, the report is considered just a rumor, but the move would make sense, considering the work history of Niemann, and his love for the game. And this would not be the first time that Valentine has added former Mets to the Red Sox. Alex Ochoa was brought on to be the Red Sox's new first base coach. Additionally, Tim Bogar has been elevated from third base coach to bench coach.
As of right now, the Boston Red Sox have yet to make an official statement regarding the proposed addition to the coaching staff.