Red Sox promote Sea Dogs manager to become third base coach


Sea Dogs manager Carlos Febles meets with the press during media day at Hadlock Field in Portland in 2016. Febles has been promoted to serve as the Red Sox’s third-base coach. (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal)

Portland Sea Dogs Manager Carlos Febles will become the new third-base coach for the Boston Red Sox, the team announced Thursday.

Febles, 41, was the Sea Dogs manager the past two seasons. He replaces Maine native Brian Butterfield, who took a similar position with the Chicago Cubs.

Along with Febles, the Red Sox announced others joining the coaching staff of new manager Alex Cora.

Ron Roenicke, 61, will be the bench coach. Roenicke managed the Brewers from 2011 through part of 2015. Since then, he’s been the third base coach for the Angels.

Tom Goodwin, 49, is the new first base coach. He coached first base for the New York Mets the past six seasons. Before that, Goodwin was a minor league instructor for four years with the Red Sox.

Dana LeVangie, 48, will return as the team’s bullpen coach.

The team still must announce a new batting coach to replace Chili Davis (now with the Cubs) and a pitching coach to replace Carl Willis (now with the Indians).

This will be Febles’ first coaching job in the majors. A major league second baseman with the Royals (1998-2003), Febles ended his playing career with the Red Sox Triple-A team in Pawtucket in 2004. Boston hired him as a minor league coach in 2007. He worked his way up the system, managing the Sea Dogs the past two seasons.

Portland went 120-158 under Febles. He was credited with helping minor leaguers Yoan Moncada (2016) and Rafael Devers (2017) reach the major leagues the same season they were in Portland. In addition to his third base duties, Febles will instruct Red Sox infielders.

In other moves Thursday, the Red Sox added outfielder Bryce Brentz and left-handed pitcher Williams Jerez to the 40-man roster, keeping them from hitting the free agent market. Robbie Ross and infielder Josh Rutledge were taken off the 40-man roster and have opted for free agency.

Boston also exercised 2018 contract options on pitchers Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel, and reinstated infielder Marco Hernandez and pitchers Tyler Thornburg and Steven Wright from the 60-day disabled list.