Will Yoder
Thursday December 22nd, 2011

The Boston Red Sox are expected to sign Bob McClure as their new pitching coach, a source has told ESPN Boston.

McClure, 59, served as the pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals from 2006-11. The former MLB starter also served as a pitching coach within the Colorado Rockies organization from 1999-2005.

The former World Series champion has been under contract with the Red Sox as a special assignment coach since November, however it is believed he will be selected as their full-time pitching coach as soon as today.

"I've never been around a pitching coach, or a coach period, who worked so well with everyone in the organization," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said at the end of the season, according to ESPN. "Just at the end of the day, Ned and I, and the baseball operations group, we just felt like a new voice was necessary more than anything else." McClure will be replacing Curt Young. Young returned to the Oakland Athletics after just one year with Boston.

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