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Blue Jays manager John Farrell, the former Red Sox pitching coach, has long been revered for his baseball mind, he’s attention to detail, and his willingness to take charge of a situation. Many feel the Red Sox starters would not have slipped into such a lazy mentality this season had Farrell been around and not Curt Young.
It’s for those reasons the Red Sox have probably seen Farrell as the replacement for Terry Francona for years, but when he left to become the Blue Jays manager before the 2011 season, that dashed their plans. Or did it?
Shortly after the Red Sox and Francona agreed to part ways, the Blue Jays announced a preemptive change in their policy about allowing their employees speak with other organizations. For Farrell to become the Red Sox manager, he would have to be given a “promotion” – maybe become the manager and assistant GM, or something similar.
And, given that Farrell is still under contract with Toronto, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos had every right to ask for some compensation in return. According to the New York Times’s David Waldstein, the Jays asked for starting pitcher Clay Buchholz. I know Ben Cherington is new at the job, but he’s not stupid.
Fox’s Ken Rosenthal said talks between the Jays and Sox “failed to progress,” and it would make sense if Buchholz was the discussed compensation.