Hale has deep Red Sox ties. Before joining Francona's staff in 2006 to be the team's third base coach, he was a longtime minor league manager, including managing in Boston's minor league system from 1993-'99. In 1999, Hale was named the Baseball America minor league manager of the year with Double-A Trenton.
Showalter said Sunday that he was eager to solidify his coaching staff for 2013 quickly, saying he believed all of his coaches would return next year.
Hale was a candidate for the Blue Jays managerial opening following the 2010 season, a job that went to former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell.