By Evan Brunell
The Athletics are searching for a new pitching coach and it could end up being their old one, MLB.com reports.
The Athletics fired pitching coach Ron Romanick after the season, having promoted him from bullpen coach to fill the void left by Curt Young, who left to Boston after a contract dispute. Young had worked as pitching coach in Oakland for seven years, and 27 years in all inside the organization. In Boston, Young oversaw a Josh Beckett resurgence, and Clay Buchholz was pitching well before falling to a back injury. However, John Lackey's struggles plus a lack of a big season out of Jon Lester shone a spotlight on Young, who also had to battle with ineffectiveness all over the staff. It's difficult to determine how much blame Young serves, but after seeing skipper Terry Francona and GM Theo Epstein leaving, Young may prefer to return to Oakland.
Young is a friend of new manager Bob Melvin in Oakland and is expected to rejoin the A's by the end of the month.
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