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Secret’s out: Blue Jays sign John Farrell to three-year contract

Oct 26, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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In announcing John Farrell as their new manager yesterday the Blue Jays refused to disclose the length of his contract, which as I noted at the time is both odd and pointless because eventually someone with the team will tell someone with the media and then the attempt at secrecy will seem even weirder.

Turns out, “eventually” meant about six hours.

Toronto Sun columnist Bob Elliott broke the news last night that Farrell’s deal is for three seasons, which is more or less standard for a new manager.

According to general manager Alex Anthopoulos the Blue Jays wanted to keep the contract length a secret because it “creates unneeded speculation and takes attention away from the team.” Whether that’s true is one thing. Whether they had any shot of actually keeping that information secret is pretty clear: They didn’t.

  1. eyebleaf - Oct 26, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Completely ridiculous for Anthopoulos and Farrell to not disclose how many years the deal was. Their actions created unneeded speculation that took attention away from the team.

    And a small caveat: Elliott works for the Toronto Sun, not the Star.

  2. Detroit Michael - Oct 26, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    How did it hurt the team to try (unsuccessfully, for six hours) to try to keep the length of Farrell’s contract secret. Pointless, I can buy, but I can’t see how it took attention away from the team.

  3. proudlycanadian - Oct 26, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    The world still awaits the release of Gleeman’s contract and remuneration status.

  4. andrewkw - Oct 26, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    I don’t see it as a big deal. Sure it was a little silly for them to try but coaches and managers contracts should not matter.

    Dave Duncan is the highest paid pitching coach at 750k Farrell as a first time manager is likely earning something around this amount, probably even less.

    They could give him a 10 year contract and still fire him if the team goes 0-20 to start the year. 1 year, 2 years, 3 years it makes very little difference. His salary will not be enough to keep him around if they want to replace him, and if he decides he doesn’t like managing and wishes to pursue other things they almost certainly would let him out of the contract rather then keep an unhappy manager.

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