Bobby Valentine’s contract to become the next manager of the Boston Red Sox is reportedly a two-year deal, according to Sports Illustrated’s John Heyman. The Red Sox will host a press conference at Fenway Park later this evening to formally announce the deal.
"Having a great baseball team with a chance of winning the ultimate title is what people dream about, and I’m one of those who dream about those things,” Valentine told ESPN Wednesday.
The Red Sox have been in flux since former general manager Theo Epstein left to become the head of baseball operations with the Chicago Cubs. The club also parted ways with longtime manager Terry Francona, and have dealt with a public relations nightmare after stories emerged that some players would eat chicken and drink beer in the clubhouse during games. Valentine has managed both the Texas Rangers and the New York Mets, who had a World Series berth in 2000. Recently, he’s served as an analyst for ESPN.