The Red Sox are reportedly considering Tino Martinez for their hitting coach; the team's GM Ben Cherington says it may be a two-person job. (J. Meric/Getty Images)
Former Yankees first baseman Tino Martinez may be the next Red Sox hitting coach, according to ESPNBoston. According to the report, "an industry source" indicated the team had preliminary talks with Martinez.
Manager John Farrell said on Wednesday that he would begin interviewing candidates this weekend and aimed to hire a new hitting coach by the end of next week. The team is also considering a two-man staff for the job:
"Depending who the people are, we see some benefit to two people," said the team's general manager, Ben Cherington. "It's a big job and trying to give appropriate attention to all 13 position players on the team, so it is something we're considering."
Martinez played in the major leagues for 16 years and spent the majority of his career with the Yankees and Mariners. He hit .271 and had 339 home runs and 1,271 RBIs during his career.