Bobby Valentine is expected to be fired after one ugly, dissension-filled season as Red Sox manager, CBSSports.com reported.
Valentine, who signed a two-year deal before the season, likely will be dismissed today or Friday, according to the website. Boston GM Ben Cherington declined comment.
Valentine, 62, replaced Terry Francona, fired after last September's historic collapse. But a team that had gotten used to Francona's more laid-back style didn't seem to respond to the more confrontational Valentine, and the Red Sox on Wednesday night finished up their first last-place season since 1992.
Earlier Wednesday, Valentine raised some eyebrows by claiming on a Boston sports radio show that his coaching staff had been working against him.
Asked by WEEI-AM host Glenn Ordway if his coaching staff had been loyal to him, the manager replied: "No." Ordway then asked if the coaching staff had tried to undermine him, and Valentine replied: "Yes."
INDIANS, FRANCONA TO TALK: Former Red Sox and Phillies manager Terry Francona will interview Friday with the Indians, who fired Manny Acta last week. Today, interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr. will have his formal interview.
BRAVES: Closer Craig Kimbrel became the first pitcher in history to strike out at least half of the batters he faced in a season. The right-hander struck out 116 of 231 batters.
CUBS: Third-base coach Pat Listach was fired.
DODGERS: CF Matt Kemp was diagnosed with a torn labrum in his left shoulder and might require offseason surgery.
NATIONALS: Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who managed the Nationals for their first two seasons in Washington, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Nationals Park's first-ever playoff game.
PHILLIES: GM Ruben Amaro called the decision to pick up C Carlos Ruiz's $5 million option for 2013 "a formality." Ruiz, 33, batted .326 with a .396 on-base percentage and a .541 slugging percentage this season. … First-base coach Sam Perlozzo, bench coach Pete Mackanin and hitting coach Greg Gross were fired.
PIRATES: Hitting coach Gregg Ritchie will leave to become the head coach at his alma mater, George Washington University.
RANGERS: Manager Ron Washington picked rookie RHP Yu Darvish to start the AL wild-card game Friday night.
REDS: Manager Dusty Baker confirmed that RHP Johnny Cueto will start the NL Division Series opener against the Giants.
ROYALS: The team is expected to exercise a $750,000 buyout clause on the $8 million option for RHP Joakim Soria, the former closer who missed the season after reconstructive elbow surgery. Soria, 28, had 160 saves and a 2.41 ERA between 2007-11.