MLB notes: Alomar leaves impression

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:12 PM ET

Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and managerial hopeful Sandy Alomar Jr. go way back.

About 13 years ago, Cherington was a 24-year-old scout for the Indians and Alomar was Cleveland's catcher and undisputed team leader.

"He didn't know who I was, in '98 in Cleveland," Cherington told the Boston Herald, "but I saw him in the clubhouse and saw the leader he was back then, the respect he had in that clubhouse. I've been sort of following him since then."

Alomar, 45, a first-base coach the past two seasons with the Indians, is among the five leading candidates to manage the Red Sox.

Alomar was the third to be interviewed, following Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum. Toronto Blue Jays first-base coach Torey Lovullo and Detroit Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont will be at Fenway Friday and Saturday respectively.

BARAJAS A BUC

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed veteran catcher Rod Barajas, 36, to a one-year contract Thursday with a club option for 2013.

Barajas hit .230 with 16 home runs and 47 RBI in 98 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011.

In 1,010 career games with Arizona (1999-2003), Texas (2004-2006), Philadelphia (2007), Toronto (2008-2009), the New York Mets (2010) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2010-2011), Barajas has hit .238 with 125 homers and 449 RBI.

BRIEFLY

Catcher Jorge Posada, 40, says he won't be back with the New York Yankees next season. "I don't think there's even a percentage of a chance that I could come back," he said, noting that he has been contacted by a handful of other teams ... The Chicago White Sox agreed to terms Thursday with pitchers Donnie Veal and Jose Quintana Veal, 27, hasn't pitched in the majors since 2009. Quintana, 22, spent last season with Single-A Tampa in the Yankees farm system, going 10-2 with a 2.91 earned-run average ... San Francisco Giants outfielder Pat Burrell says his career likely is over because of an injury to his right foot. Burrell has a career average of .253 with 292 homers.


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