Could Farrell be in mix for manager?

October, 23, 2011
10/23/11
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Could Blue Jays manager John Farrell be in the mix to become the Red Sox manager?

According to the Boston Globe, citing an unnamed source, Farrell was the preferred candidate to manage the team when Terry Francona and the Sox parted ways, although the report says "there is conflicting information on how deep the Red Sox are at this point in continuing their exploration of Farrell."

Farrell has two years remaining on his contract with the Blue Jays, who could prevent him from leaving or ask for a king's ransom in compensation to let him go.

“Hard to believe the Blue Jays would let him go back,’’ said a team source, according to the Globe.

“John Farrell was always their choice to succeed Terry Francona,’’ said another major league source. “It was evident when Farrell worked under Francona that when the time came and Francona wanted to leave, Farrell was in place to take Francona’s job.’’

The Sox did not respond to a Globe inquiry about their interest in Farrell, who declined interviews with the Mariners and Pirates while serving as Francona's pitching coach. He left the Sox to manage the Blue Jays last offseason.

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