PHOENIX — Boston Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo was hired Friday as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“I appreciate the opportunity to join the D-backs family,” Lovullo said in a statement. “I’m excited to get to work with the staff and players to help lead this organization back to title contention.”

Lovullo will be introduced at a news conference Monday. He had been considered a leading candidate for the job after Red Sox assistant general manager Mike Hazen was hired as Diamondbacks GM.

“I’m excited to have Torey as our manager,” Hazen said in a statement. “We share the same goals and mindset about how to be a championship-caliber organization.”

Lovullo, 51, had been Manager John Farrell’s bench coach in Boston since 2012. He was interim manager for the final 48 games of the 2015 season after Farrell went on medical leave, and the Red Sox went 28-20. Lovullo also has managed nine seasons in the minors.

MARINERS: Seattle removed left-handed relief pitcher Charlie Furbush, a native of South Portland, from its 40-man roster this week.

After clearing waivers, Furbush had his contract released outright to Triple-A Tacoma. Because of his accrued service time in the majors, Furbush, 30, can opt for free agency.

In August, Furbush underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff after a lengthy rehabilitation period failed to achieve desired results. He last pitched in the majors in July 2015 and is expected to remain sidelined at least until next August.

ROYALS: Kansas City exercised options on All-Star closer Wade Davis and shortstop Alcides Escobar, while designated hitter Kendrys Morales and starter Edinson Volquez declined their options.

ASTROS: Houston exercised catcher/designated hitter Evan Gattis’ $5.2 million option for 2017.

PHILLIES: Philadelphia acquired right-handed reliever Pat Neshek from Houston for a player to be named later or cash, and declined its contract option on longtime first baseman Ryan Howard.

Howard had a $23 million option for next year, but instead gets a $10 million buyout.