Yankees bench coach Tony Pena interviewed with the Red Sox for their managerial opening yesterday, according to George King of the NY Post and former Yankee Jason Giambi interviewed with the Rockies for their open position, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post.
Pena formerly managed the Royals from 2002 through 2005 and won the Manager of the Year award in 2003 by winning 34 more games than he had the year before. The Royals GM back then was Allard Baird, who is currently the VP of player personnel for the Red Sox.
Giambi has never managed or coached before obviously as he was still in the league this year. His contract ended this season so he is a free agent and it doesn’t sound like he’s actually looking to retire if he doesn’t get this job. Obviously if he got the job, he would retire as the days of player-managers are over.
The NY Post dropped Girardi’s former bench coach with the Marlins, Gary Tuck, as a possible replacement for Pena if he actually got the Red Sox job.