The Boston Red Sox and Bobby Valentine have reached a verbal agreement which would make Valentine the next manager of the team, according to WCVB TV's Mike Lynch. ESPN has also reported that the deal is done.
Valentine and the Red Sox have been in discussions over the last few weeks, and it was previously reported that he had become the front-runner for the position. Earlier Tuesday, it was rumored that Gene Lamont was out of the running. The Red Sox denied that report. Valentine, who managed both the New York Mets and Texas Rangers, was most recently an analyst for ESPN. He is currently in Japan but will be returning around midnight Wednesday.