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Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo addresses rumors of Cubs interest

10.19.13 at 6:30 pm ET
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The Cubs have not contacted the Red Sox or Torey Lovullo about the possibility of interviewing for the managerial vacancy in Chicago. But with a report out of Chicago that the team would be interested in discussing its position with the Red Sox bench coach, Lovullo suggested that while he is flattered by any potential interest in furtherance of his ultimate goal of being a big league manager, particularly given the impression he formed of Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein while he was the Red Sox GM and Lovullo was the manager of Triple-A Pawtucket in 2010, he also remains focused on his work with the Red Sox in their pursuit of a World Series.

“I want to make sure it’s not a distraction here. This is my focus, this is where I’m at, I’m proud to be a Boston Red Sox. … My allegiance is to this group that’s been together for a long time,” said Lovullo. “I understand how the association happens because of Theo’s connection to the Red Sox and me being here when Theo was here. I think we have a mutual respect for one another. But we were on two different levels. He was at the big league level and I was in player development. I respected everything that the big league level stood for. There [were] no barriers between the front office and the manager, there was no disconnect with player development, and I know in time with that guy that sits in that seat there [in Chicago] with Theo that it’s going to be a pretty special relationship.”

Lovullo said that he has had “no contact” with the Cubs, and that “it’s just been business as usual around here, which is what we all prefer.” He said that, even if asked, he would not discuss any potential managerial vacancies with other clubs until after the Sox’ season concludes. So, if the Sox advanced to the World Series, Lovullo would not consider interviewing with another team during the off days following the ALCS and before the start of the World Series on Wednesday.

Sox manager John Farrell likewise suggested that he would prefer that any interview requests for members of his coaching staff respect the team’s desire to keep everyone in their clubhouse focused on the games yet to be played.

“I think we’d like for everybody to remain focused on what we have here first, this being the priority. But we don’t want to get in the way of potential opportunities for someone either,” said Farrell. “And hopefully, if those requests come in, they’d be sensitive to what we’re going through as well.”

Still, whenever Lovullo is hired by someone — something that Farrell seemed to suggest was a matter of when, not if — the Sox manager believes that his trusted adviser will be in prime position to excel.

“To me, he’s a manager-in-waiting,” said Farrell. “I think he’s going to have opportunities until he ends up securing one of the jobs. But he’s been integral to the success that we’ve had here. He’s a great baseball mind. The conversations and the feedback and just the insights that he gives, he’s going to be very good.”

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