The Boston Red Sox announced Wednesday that bullpen coach Dana LeVangie was promoted to become the team’s new pitching coach.

LeVangie, 48, is the only holdover from last year’s coaching staff. His place with Boston is unique: He’s been with the organization for 27 years as a player, scout and coach.

For the past five years, LeVangie has been the bullpen coach.

In addition to working with the pitchers, LeVangie will remain the team’s catching coordinator and will help with advance scouting reports.

The Red Sox also announced that Ramon Vazquez was hired as a coach, working with advance scouting and statistical analysis reports. Vazquez, 41, played part of the 2005 season with the Red Sox. Most recently he’s worked for the San Diego and Houston organizations.

DANIEL FLORES, a 17-year-old minor league catcher, has died from complications during treatment for cancer, according to a report on

Flores was Boston’s top international signing last July with a $3.1 million deal with visions he could one day be the team’s No. 1 catcher.

“Everyone at the Red Sox was shocked to hear of Daniel’s tragic passing,” Dave Dombrowski, the Red Sox president of baseball operations, said in a statement. “To see the life of a young man with so much promise cut short is extremely saddening for all of us. On behalf of the Red Sox organization, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Daniel’s family.”

Assistant general manager Eddie Romero, who helped lead the effort to sign Flores, also released a statement.

“Every member of our organization who got to know Daniel absolutely loved him,” said Romero. “He was energetic, hard-working and genuinely selfless, always with a smile on his face. He cared for his teammates and was a natural leader. I’m at a loss for words today. Daniel was an impressive young man with limitless potential, and his life was cut far too short.”

TEXAS, THE New York Yankees and Minnesota can pay the most to a young international amateur free agent as highly touted pitcher-outfielder Shohei Otani prepares to enter the market. Major League Baseball and its Japanese counterpart have agreed to the outlines of a deal to keep the old posting system for this offseason.

The Rangers can agree to a maximum $3,535,000 signing bonus from their pool that covers July 2 through next June 15, according to figures compiled by Major League Baseball and obtained by the Associated Press. New York can pay $3.25 million and the Twins $3,245,000.

Just three other teams can give him a seven-figure signing bonus: Pittsburgh ($2,266,750), Miami ($1.74 million) and Seattle ($1,570,500).

After that come Philadelphia ($900,000), Milwaukee ($765,000), Arizona ($731,250), Baltimore ($660,000), Boston ($462,000) and Tampa Bay ($440,500).