Carl Willis has a new job.
Willis, who served as the Boston Red Sox’s pitching coach from 2015 through the 2017 season, was hired as the Cleveland Indians’ new pitching coach Thursday. He replaces Mickey Callaway, who was just named the manager of the New York Mets.
All Red Sox coaches were free to pursue other opportunities after the club parted ways with manager John Farrell earlier this month. Willis, who was hired by Boston in 2015 after the team fired Juan Nieves, already is familiar with the Indians organization, having served as Cleveland’s pitching coach from 2003 to 2009. Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis and third base coach Brian Butterfield also left the organization Thursday to assume the same roles with the Chicago Cubs.
Alex Cora was named the new manager of the Red Sox last weekend, and he’ll be able to hire his own coaching staff, meaning more changes could be coming in Boston.
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