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Boston courting Jays' Farrell

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08:16 AM ET 10.25 | While the Red Sox offseason has been about departures, a return may be in the works. The Blue Jays said Monday they have not been contacted (yet) by the Boston Red Sox regarding permission to speak to manager John Farrell. But that admission is as far as the Jays have gone on the Farrell-to-the-Red Sox rumours, which hasn't done much to quell those rumours or to clarify the Jays' protocol for allowing other organizations to approach their first-year manager. Toronto's policy under GM Alex Anthopoulos has been to allow employees to speak freely with other organizations. In Farrell's case, though, the perception exists that the club would damage its reputation as a rising contender in the East Division by allowing anyone to muscle in on Farrell.

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October 25, 2011  08:26 AM ET

Boston needs some new blood. Someone to come in and shake things up, without any ties to these players. Bringing in Farrell wouldn't change much at all. Plus why would the Jays allow him to leave to a division rival?

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October 25, 2011  08:30 AM ET

I don't think the whole division rival thing is a player here as Boston let him go to the Jay's in the first place. I do agree that some new blood is needed and not someone that has ties to the guys that are playing now. I also don't want to see them go for one of the usual suspects when manager's names come up.

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October 25, 2011  08:32 AM ET
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That whole compensation tidbit is going to come back to bite Boston in the hole if this goes down. Manager to a division rival? Something big will have to go in return.

Not really as the whole issue of compensation has been around now for a while so most teams see it as business as usual. The whole thing comes down to if you sign a contract honor it.

October 25, 2011  08:34 AM ET
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Isn't it dickish in sports to hold back an assistant (pitching coach in this instance) from a better job? I mean, if my regional manager held me back from becoming a regional manager elsewhere i'd probably put sugar in his gas tank.

Most teams won't hold a coach back if they have a chance to become a manager, but latteral moves need to be looked at if someone is under contract.

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October 25, 2011  09:14 AM ET

I don't see this happening. First year manager...

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October 25, 2011  09:26 AM ET
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I don't see this happening. First year manager...

Maybe they can convince Carlton Fisk to do it. He's a no nonsese type of guy who could straighten out that clubhouse.

October 25, 2011  09:27 AM ET
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Maybe they can convince Carlton Fisk to do it. He's a no nonsese type of guy who could straighten out that clubhouse.

*nonsense

October 25, 2011  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Maybe they can convince Carlton Fisk to do it. He's a no nonsese type of guy who could straighten out that clubhouse.

Not to mention he uses Just For Men.

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October 25, 2011  09:55 AM ET

So...make an offer. Alex isnt stupid.

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October 25, 2011  10:38 AM ET

what would the bo sucks give tot he jays in return if john does go to the sucks

October 25, 2011  11:02 AM ET

He might get the job. I understand he's a great bartender.

October 25, 2011  11:26 AM ET
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Farrell. The architect of their current pitching woes, and the skipper of a team that last year wouldn't have made the wildcard no matter what division they played in.Go for it, Red Sox.

There's this issue of causality, and you've provided no evidence. In 2010 there were innumerable injuries to key players (Ellsbury, Youk, Tek, Cameron, Pedroia). None of this had anything to do with pitching.

Farrell's role in Boston before 2011 was as pitching coach, and by every reasonable measure he did a fantastic job up through 2010. And when he left, the pitching staff disrespected his replacement. At the very least, Boston needs someone LIKE Farrell to get the pitchers towing the line. And with him replacing Tito, that could happen.

 
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