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Red Sox and Blue Jays making progress in compensation talks regarding John Farrell

Oct 19, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

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We heard earlier this week that the Blue Jays were in negotiations to send manager John Farrell to the Red Sox and it appears the situation is getting close to a resolution.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears that the clubs are “making progress” in compensation talks. Assuming an agreement is eventually worked out, Farrell will be named the new manager of the Red Sox.

Farrell served as the pitching coach of the Red Sox from 2006-2010 before leaving for the Blue Jays manager gig. He only has one year left on his contract, but a baseball source told Joe McDonald and Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com that the Blue Jays would likely ask for a player of “substantial value” in order to give up their manager to a division rival.

While Farrell is reportedly the top choice for Boston’s vacant manager job, multiple candidates have interviewed over the past week, including Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach, Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus, and Orioles third base coach DeMarlo Hale.

  1. sictransitchris - Oct 19, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Farrell isn’t gonna have much of a team to manage at this point.

  2. thesmedman - Oct 19, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    …and back comes Cito!

  3. thebadguyswon - Oct 19, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    LOL….you’re still going to stink Boston. The question is, who’s the scapegoat in 2013?

  4. dondada10 - Oct 19, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    I can’t seem to remember one of these Manager trades ever working out for the acquiring team:

    Lou Pinella
    Art Howe
    Ozzie Guillen

    Did I miss any?

    • paperlions - Oct 19, 2012 at 8:33 PM

      I can’t imagine the Red Sox are silly enough to give up a player of substantial value for a manager….especially one whose current team is so willing to give up. There are plenty of good managerial candidates for free…as there were last year….seems the Red Sox just insist on making things more complicated than necessary.

    • deepstblu - Oct 19, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      Chuck Tanner. Pirates sent Manny Sanguillen to the A’s for him before the 1977 season; he managed them to a world championship in 1979.

      • paperlions - Oct 20, 2012 at 10:18 AM

        Of course, those pirates teams were freaking loaded with talent…I loved those teams when I was a kid (the Cardinals were horrible then, the Pirates were a fun team to root for after about June, when it was clear the Cardinals weren’t going to be competitive)….I always loved the combo of the flat-top hats and the afros.

  5. kappy32 - Oct 19, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    This makes no sense. The Blue Jays have underachieved under Farrell the past 2 years. Plus, AL Managers are the most worthless head coaching positions in all of sports. Why give away prospects for someone that doesn’t swing the bat or throw a single pitch? This is why the Sox are becoming a laughing stock once again.

  6. adeedothatswho - Oct 19, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    I love the Sox, but Farrell is a pitching coach who, with solid talent in Toronto, had a crappy pitching staff. I don’t get it. But I don’t understand anything the Sox do anymore.

  7. willclarkgameface - Oct 19, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    i think it would be sweet to see Pedroia in a Blue Jays uniform next season. will they take Lackey too?

    • nbjays - Oct 20, 2012 at 12:19 AM

      No, we’re not THAT desperate for pitching…

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 20, 2012 at 5:53 AM

        Pedroia for Farrell and Escobar works. The Jays should not give away their manager for an untested prospect especially given the despicable way the Red Sox have gone after him..

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 20, 2012 at 6:25 AM

        Speaking of pitching, in a Toronto radio interview, impending free agent Sean Marcum said that Toronto is around the top of his list. He does not care who the manager is as long as coaches Bruce Walton and Brian Butterfield are retained. Marcum never wanted to be traded by the Jays; however, he was sent to Milwaukee for Lawrie. If looks like he is eager to return.

      • paperlions - Oct 20, 2012 at 10:23 AM

        The Jays will be lucky to get any kind of prospect for Farrell…the best they can hope for from an MLB roster is an over-paid veteran that isn’t useless…in all likelihood, they’ll get a couple of fringy guys that have bench player or reliever ceilings.

  8. 13arod - Oct 20, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    they need a better manger then him if they want to be above .500

  9. nybostonfan - Oct 20, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    I don’t get it, can someone explain to me why the Sox brass is so enamored with this guy? Did they watch the Blue Jays at all this year? Which team finished in 4th place for two consecutive years under Farrell’s leadership? Which team had players openly questioning their teams management (besides Red Sox)? As a life-long Red Sox fan, I’d much rather see them take a chance on Ausmus or hire someone like Pena than go with Farrell.

    • paperlions - Oct 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      I don’t know what they see…but he was with the RS for a while…so they must have a pretty good idea of what they are getting, what his attitudes/approaches/philosophies are….and must think they are consistent with their current approach to baseball.

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