In a move that few were ultimately surprised by, first base coach Torey Luvullo has opted to join John Farrell in Boston, becoming the team’s bench coach.
Like Farrell, Luvullo is no stranger to the Boston organization, serving as manager of the team’s Triple-A affiliate, the Pawtucket Red Sox during the 2010 season. He came to Toronto with John Farrell, taking over the role of first base coach, which had been previously held by Omar Malave.
Luvullo has interviewed for the Red Sox managerial position in 2011 before the team ultimately settled for Bobby Valentine.
Luvullo had been on a short list of names that had been mentioned as possible replacements for Farrell, but it was also assumed that with Farrell’s departure, he would also make the jump to the Red Sox. That list is currently assumed to include Sandy Alomar Jr., Brian Butterfield, Tim Wallach, Brad Ausmus, Dave Martinez, and Sal Fasano among other.
Unlike Farrell, Luvullo was not under contract for 2013 and was free to go elsewhere, as are any of the other Blue Jays coaches. That includes the aformentioned Butterfield, who is also rumored to be considering joining Farrell’s staff in Boston. However, he may choose to at least consider the Blue Jays managerial role due to his strong relationship with the organization and the fact that he was a finalist in 2010 prior to Farrell’s hiring.