Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/19/12
The Red Sox are going along with their managerial search, quietly. As opposed to last offseason -- when the team had candidates conduct interviews with reporters -- the Red Sox front office has ushered the interviewees in and out of the offices without much ado. While they continue to evaluate all options, here's this week's mailbag. What are the chances of the two: The Red Sox getting Felix Hernandez? The Red Sox trading Jacoby Ellsbury for a solid starting pitcher? -Alex Wesoja, via Facebook I highly doubt the Red Sox will be able to pry away Felix Hernandez from the Mariners. All season long, Seattle's front office has been adamant about keeping Hernandez. Given his strong finish -- and perfect game -- I bet he stays. As for your second question, I believe there's a possibility the Red Sox will attempt to garner trade interest on Jacboy Ellsbury. With agent Scott Boras backing him, he'll likely request a Carl Crawford-type long-term contract at the end of next season. But Ellsbury's injury history, along with Jackie Bradley Jr.'s emergence, could make contract discussions tough. So this offseason will be an interesting one since Ellsbury would be an intriguing trade chip. What are the chances of the #RedSox picking up Josh Hamilton with all of the money they have to play with now?-@NadDaddyNice10, via Twitter I've said this before and I'll repeat it once again -- ain't happening. The Red Sox didn't rid themselves of Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez' atrocious contracts to put themselves in a bind with another long-term deal for an older player. Josh Hamilton is 31 years old and isn't getting any younger. While he's still talented, Hamilton also brings his share of off-the-field concerns, considering the recovering alcoholic's relapse last offseason. Hamilton is also injury-prone. In the end, I simply believe the Red Sox will be more disciplined with how they spend money and avoid this situation. Who do you think the next manager is?-@wordontheSweet, via Twitter  I can't tell you that, but I do believe Blue Jays manager John Farrell remains the team's top target. That said, I believe Tony Pena would make an excellent manager for the Red Sox and should be strongly considered. For one, the Yankees bench coach played in Boston for four years, so he understands the culture and tradition here. He's also a catcher, so he comprehends the intricacies of pitching and can still relate to the team's hitters. Pena has cultivated strong relationships with the Yankee players and is well respected. I think his biggest advantage is being bilingual. He'd be able to communicate with his American-born players, but can also properly convey his thoughts and strategies to the Latin players on the team. On occasion, there's a language barrier between players and managers. But that wouldn't be the case whatsoever with Pena at the helm. Aside from his language skills, the 55-year-old demonstrated his baseball acumen in 2003, leading the Royals to a .500 record as a manger and winning the American League Manager of the Year award. Think the #Yankees will trade ARod?-@Carolynahil, via Twitter  With the season officially over for them, I think they'll look into a possible deal with the Marlins. It's come to the point where the Yankees need to get younger and trading Alex Rodriguez would trigger that process. But if the Marlins are unwilling to accept the deal, it'll be tough for the Yankees to complete a deal. They owe Rodriguez $114 million moving forward and no team would want to dole out that amount of cash. They'll have to eat a lot of that money up. Honestly, if it comes to that, New York's front office would likely rather keep the third baseman and hope to capitalize on his power potential. Have a question for Didier Morais? Send it to him via Twitter at @DidierMorais or send it here. He will pick a few questions to answer every week for his mailbag.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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