PHOENIX – (wire Service Report) – The Arizona Diamondbacks will name Boston Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo as their new manager, according to multiple reports. Lovullo, 51, has spent the last four seasons with the Red Sox as manager John Farrell’s bench coach. Lovullo served a 49-game stint as Boston’s interim manager during the 2015 season when Farrell went on medical leave to undergo treatment for lymphoma. Under Lovullo, the Red Sox went 28-21. Lovullo returned to his job as bench coach in 2016 and the Red Sox won the American League East.
Lovullo was at the top of the Diamondbacks’ list as soon as general manager Mike Hazen was hired in mid-October. Hazen was general manager of the Red Sox but did not have final say over baseball operations with Dave Dombrowski as president of baseball operations. Hazen replaced Dave Stewart, who was fired by Arizona at the end of the season along with manager Chip Hale. Hazen had been with Boston since 2006 and was on the staff of two World Series championship teams in 2007 and 2013.
Primarily a second baseman, Lovullo played parts of eight seasons in the major leagues from 1988-99. He retired from playing after spending the 2000 season with the Yakult Swallows in Japan.
Lovullo started his minor league managing career in the Cleveland Indians organization in 2002. His record as a minor league manager was 661-609.
The Diamondbacks have scheduled a press conference on Monday to introduce Lovullo.