Don't read into Red Sox retaining most of Alex Cora's coaching staff

Tomase: Don't read Sox as most of Cora's coaches originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Those who believe Alex Cora will return as the Red Sox manager found dawn on Monday afternoon when the Red Sox announced they would keep the majority of his coaching staff, but his future could be elsewhere.
Two headlines brought Cora to the fore on Monday. Initially, the Red Sox announced that they had retained all of their coaching staff, with the exception of veteran bank coach Jerry Narron, who worked for Ron Roenicke's staff for a year, and Bullpen coach Craig Bjornson, a Cora holdover with connections for their days together in Houston.
Otherwise, everyone is back, including four coaches who served directly under Cora and three more who joined the organization before he was ousted in January for his role in Houston's fraud scandal.
Huh? Could this be a sign that the Red Sox are actually considering bringing Cora back to oversee his old staff, despite compelling evidence that baseball boss Chaim Bloom has other plans?
Not that fast, as minutes later the White Sox made the surprise announcement that they had split up with manager Rick Renteria, who oversaw a season between 35 and 25 and a place on the wild card when Chicago rebuilding made the leap into the Reality made it.
Cora seems to be a perfect fit for such an up-and-coming young roster that includes ex-batting master Tim Anderson, MVP candidate Jose Abreu, old friend Yoan Moncada, and young thug Eloy Jimenez, not to mention all-star right - Hander Lucas Giolito and a deep farming system. The White Sox are a team on the rise that nonetheless collapsed down the track, losing nine of their last twelve to lose their seemingly permanent spot in first place in the AL Central. If there's one thing Cora has proven in 2018, it is that he can step into such a situation and take a team over the top.
Even so, the returning Red Sox trainers seem like a red flag. The returnees are pitching coach Dave Bush, coach Tim Hyers, coach Carlos Febles, coach Tom Goodwin, coach Ramon Vazquez, coach Peter Fatse and coach Kevin Walker. The Red Sox also listed former catcher Jason Varitek as a special assistant / catcher trainer and codified his role on the coaching staff.
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With the Red Sox currently lacking a manager after parting ways with Roenicke on the last day of the season, it is surely illuminating to see that they are keeping virtually all of their coaching staff. That will lead to increased speculation that they are simply lubricating the runners so Cora can return once his suspension ends.
I stand by my conviction that he will not come back. Bloom was evasive when asked about Cora's future immediately after the season, instead referring to previous comments suggesting the ex-manager needed image rehabilitation.
CEO Sam Kennedy has made it clear that hiring executives will be Bloom's choice, with no owner intervention. This last tensed his muscles in 2012, resulting in a disastrous attitude for Bobby Valentine.
Perhaps the Red Sox have an in-house candidate in mind to work with the holdover staff. Or maybe they just plan to make it clear to anyone who accepts the job that they will inherit a staff with only two vacancies.
In any case, I still expect them to look somewhere other than Cora to fill this opening, and I wouldn't be surprised if their former manager swaps his red socks for white ones at some point next month.

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