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UPDATE: John Farrell offered Blue Jays’ manager job

Oct 23, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

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UPDATE: John Farrell informed Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe via text message this morning that “nothing is official” regarding his hiring as the Blue Jays’ new manager. All indications are pointing in that direction, though.

8:43 AM: One source told Alex Speier of that “it would be surprising” if Farrell turned down the job. Barring a breakdown in negotiations, look for an official announcement before the World Series begins on Wednesday.

9:26 PM, Friday: We hinted at the possibility yesterday and now it appears that the Blue Jays have come to a decision on a replacement for Cito Gaston.

Multiple industry sources tell Sean McAdam of that Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell has been offered the Blue Jays’ manager job. The only thing that stands in the way of making this official is for the two sides to agree on a contract.

McAdam reported earlier today that Red Sox third base coach DeMarlo Hale and Sandy Alomar Jr. were informed that they were out of the running for the job. By process of elimination, it looks like the decision ultimately came down to Farrell and Blue Jays third base Brian Butterfield.

Farrell has no previous managerial experience, but he has served as Red Sox pitching coach since 2007 and previously worked as the Director of Player Development with the Indians from 2001-06.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 22, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    I saw the report, but my basic question is the source. the leak if there was one did not come from the Jays. Based on the way Papelbon and Beckett regressed during 2010, I wonder about his credentials.

  2. Glenn - Oct 22, 2010 at 10:41 PM

    He’s going to be the Blue Jays manager, not their pitching coach. Besides, any regression on Papelbon and Becket’s part can be countered by Lester and Bucholtz improving. I think it is short-sighted to blame the pitching coach for every off year for a pitcher. There are too many variables. You might as well get mad at the weather man because it rains or curse the President because the economy is bad.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 23, 2010 at 5:40 AM

      You may be right Glenn. On the other hand, we do not have a President and our economy is in relatively good shape.

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