Red Sox hire Blue Jays skipper John Farrell as new manager
Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – The Boston Red Sox have successfully lured former pitching coach John Farrell from his managerial job with the Toronto Blue Jays to be their new skipper.
Several news organizations, including CSNNE.com and MLB.com, have reported that Farrell has agreed to a multi-year deal with the team to replace Bobby Valentine, who was fired after the Red Sox finished the season with a dismal 69-93 record.
Farrell worked as pitching coach of the Red Sox from 2007 to 2010 before accepting the managerial job with the Blue Jays.
To compensate for the remaining one year in Farrell’s contract, the Red Sox will send infielder Mike Aviles to the Blue Jays.
Farrell’s introductory news conference as Boston manager could come before Wednesday as Major League Baseball discourages teams from making any significant announcement during the World Series.
The Red Sox had interviewed four other candidates to replace Valentine, including Dodgers third-base coach Tim Wallach, Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, Padres special assistant to the general manager Brad Ausmus and Orioles third-base coach DeMarlo Hale.
Last season, the Red Sox also tried to lure Farrell out of Toronto but no deal was reached after the Blue Jays demanded right-handed starter Clay Buchholz as compensation.
The 50-year-old Farrell compiled a 154-170 record in his two seasons as Toronto’s skipper.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays announced that they will part ways with first baseman Adam Lind in a cost-saving move.
The departure of Lind could save the Blue Jays upwards of $7 million in 2013. Lind was set to make $5 million next season with a $2 million buyout for 2014.