The Boston Red Sox organization is investing a lot of hope that new head coach John Farrell will turn their fortunes around.
After ending up last in the AL East with a 69-93 record, the Red Sox fired Bobby Valentine after one season. Farrell was hired to fix a dysfunctional clubhouse and to bring Boston back to the postseason.
There is still a lot of work to be done before the start of next season, free agency has yet to come and players could be traded.
But most importantly the Red Sox and Farrell have to build up the coaching staff and figure out who stays and who goes.
These are the four coaches that the Red Sox should considering hiring for John Farrell's crew.
It was recently announced that Torey Lovullo would become the Red Sox's new bench coach under John Farrell.
Even though this is a coach that has officially signed with the Red Sox, it's a great pickup by the organization and a step in the right direction.
Lovullo was the first base coach for two seasons under the Toronto Blue Jays and John Farrell. The two have a good working relationship that will only strengthen the coaching staff and reflect upon the players in the locker room.
Farrell said that this will only be beneficial to the Red Sox organization (via Joe McDonald ESPN):
Torey's track record as a staff member and as a (minor league) manager, he has the ability to stand alone in his own right. There are three things that quickly jump out to me: That's the knowledge of the game that he has and that comes from his playing and coaching and managing experience. It became even more (clear) over the last two years working in Toronto that his ability to communicate with players is a strong one.
The Red Sox are in need of a coach that will bring order to the locker room and on the field. Farrell is the man for the job.
Bruce Walton could replace Randy Niemann as pitching coach for the Red Sox.
Walton has only one season of major league coaching experience with the Toronto Blue Jays, though his fresh perspective and take on the game might be beneficial to the Red Sox.
Farrell would have more flexibility if he is able to start off with a blank slate. The less coaches they have from last season's team, the better.
Pete Walker is the current bullpen coach for the Toronto Blue Jays.
His experience as a pitcher and a year as a coach will only benefit a Farrell-led coaching staff.
It is unknown if the Red Sox are going to drastically turn over the coaching staff under Farrell and cut ties with the unprofessional attitude of the past.
Walker brings in a fresh background that is sure to appeal to the Red Sox organization.
Rick Peterson is the current Director for Pitching Development for the Baltimore Orioles.
What better guy is there for the position of pitching coach for the Red Sox?
Peterson has been a MLB pitching coach for the past 15 years and also has pitching experience. The Red Sox, or any organization for that matter, would love to have his services.
The only question is, would Peterson fit in under a Farrell coaching staff?
Only time will tell; the pickup of Peterson could prove valuable to the Red Sox in the years to come.