Tony La Russa, who two weeks ago stepped down as the chief baseball analyst for the Arizona Diamondbacks, could be headed to Boston.
According to the Boston Herald, the Red Sox have tapped La Russa to join their front office in a role that will be announced Thursday.
La Russa, who spent 33 years as a manager with the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox, was with the Diamondbacks' organization for four years. Before that, he worked in the commissioner's office.
Boston president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was in the front office with the White Sox during most of La Russa's 10-year stint in the Windy City, which began in 1979.
La Russa, 73, told the Arizona Republic when he stepped down from his job:
“I’m not gonna sit home. I’m gonna do something. I’ve had a few calls already that people are interested. So, we’ll see what’s out there.”
The Red Sox are expected to announce the news - along with the role in which the Hall of Famer will serve - on Thursday, a day after the World Series concludes.
The Red Sox would neither confirm nor deny the report, and Dombrowski told the Chronicle that Major League Baseball rules prohibit teams from speaking publicly about moves until after the postseason.
The Red Sox hired Alex Cora as their new manager, replacing John Farrell, a week ago.