The Oakland Athletics general manager has spoken to Boston about a possible job with the Red Sox. A´s president Michael Crowley said today Beane has expressed interest in talking with the Red Sox. A´s owner Steve Schott gave him the go-ahead.
Beane received a three-year contract extension through 2008 last spring from Schott. He is credited for building the A´s into a contender despite one of baseball´s lowest payrolls. However, the opportunity to work with the Red Sox, which is baseball´s second-biggest spender, will be hard to turn down.
If Beane leaves the A´s, Oakland could have a while new management team in place next season. The A´s has already allowed manager Art Howe to leave last month to take over the New York Mets, and bench coach Ken Macha was promoted to manager.