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John Henry confirms that John Farrell is headed to Toronto

Oct 24, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

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In an e-mail to the Boston Globe, Red Sox owner John Henry confirmed that John Farrell will be named Blue Jays manager:

“The Jays are getting a great baseball man and a great person,’’ Henry wrote in an e-mail to the Globe. “We were able to keep John as a part of our organization longer than a couple of other teams would have wanted, but it really is time for John to step up to the next level.

“He will be an effective, excellent manager. I expect him to manage in MLB for as long as he wants to. He’s going to an excellent young team with a strong and smart hierarchy. The Blue Jays are going to be a force in the AL East for some time to come. I am grateful for the years John Farrell gave to the Red Sox. He will be missed.’’

According to the Globe, Farrell is expected to be officially introduced as the Blue Jays’ new manager tomorrow.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 24, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    John Henry realizes that the Jays are an up and coming team. They have a talented young pitching staff combined with some dangerous hitting.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 24, 2010 at 10:50 AM

      I would like to see the Jays sign Victor Martinez to play first base and Kerry Wood to be their closer. Buck is a free agent and will be replaced by Arencibia. Downs and Frasor are also free agents and can be replaced internally. All three of these free agents would bring in valuable draft picks if they sign elsewhere.

      • professorperry - Oct 24, 2010 at 11:04 AM

        I’d like to see the Jays sign Kerry Wood to be their closer, too!

        Signed – a Red Sox fan.

      • Mark - Oct 24, 2010 at 11:21 AM

        I’d rather the Jays save their money for an actual position of need. Lind isn’t as bad as his 2010 season. Even if you believe 2009 was a career year, you can split the difference and call him an 830-850 OPS bat. The real question is if he can play 1B for a full season, but I’d be willing to bet he could pull it off.

        V-Mart isn’t going to do much better than that, so you’re paying for name value rather than production. The only option outside of Lind that I want to see at 1B is Berkman, because he’ll come on a relatively cheap one year deal to rebuild his value. And if he’s healthy, he’s got the upside of a 900-1.00 OPS bat.

        Wood is someone they should avoid like the plague. You know he won’t stay healthy, and his control has continued to get worse.

    • JBerardi - Oct 24, 2010 at 1:14 PM

      But I thought this whole thing was a creation of Peter Gammons and the Boston media….

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 24, 2010 at 3:45 PM

        It was. This time he was right although he did back track slightly. Next time! Who knows?

        As far as Wood is concerned, he was terrific with the Yankees.

      • JBerardi - Oct 24, 2010 at 7:10 PM

        Huh? How was it a “creation of Peter Gammons and the Boston media” if it was TRUE? Next time, I’ll trust what Gammons says, since he’s an extremely reliable source of information.

  2. proudlycanadian - Oct 24, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    The Jays have said nothing yet. It looks as if the Red Sox leak like a sieve. See if the Jays ever trust them again.

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