Though it probably won't come as a surprise to many, the Boston Red Sox are reportedly ready to part ways with manager Bobby Valentine and the move could immediately after the team wraps up its season on Wednesday in New York against the Yankees, according to a report late Wednesday afternoon from baseball insider Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com:
The belief is Valentine's ouster will come either Thursday or Friday, though that isn't known. Some people believe the Red Sox will give Valentine the courtesy of a meeting, but several people said they don't believe there's any chance he would be able to change their minds, assuming he'd want to.
Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington remained mum on the news, saying "no comment" to Heyman by text.
The Sox are wrapping up the season with another disappointing month, going 7-21 while getting outscored 147-83 in September. According to Heyman, the team has gone through more players (56) than it ever has in the history of the franchise, whether it was because of injuries, of which the Sox had many, or simply as way to deal with underperforming players. The team lost to the Yankees in dramatic fashion on Tuesday with a final score of 4-3 in 12 innings. Valentine has one year remaining on his two-year deal that he signed with the Sox before the season. John Farrell, a former pitching coach with the Sox, is reportedly high on the teams list of potential replacements.