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Bard-for-Farrell deal in the works?

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08:16 AM ET 08.28 | Last fall, Toronto was able to tamp down talk that linked John Farrell to a return to Boston -- for a while. But over the past few weeks the speculation has resumed again, the latest coming from ESPN's Buster Olney. ... More intriguing was Olney suggesting a trade of Farrell for Daniel Bard should the manager decline overtures to stay beyond the believed expiry of his contract following the 2013 season. Assuming Olney is well-informed, this may very well be a strategic leak on the Red Sox's part, designed to dangle a carrot before both Farrell, their former pitching coach who has dodged all questions on the matter, and the Blue Jays, who are enamoured with the type of power arms that Bard possesses.

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August 28, 2012  08:35 AM ET

Red Sox fans and media have to get over the idea that just because someone played for the Sox or coached them it would be a great idea to bring them back. They would be better off bringing in someone with no real ties to the past and start off fresh.

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August 28, 2012  08:38 AM ET

Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. You don't trade players for last place managers.

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August 28, 2012  08:58 AM ET

No way would two divisional rivals agree to a deal of this nature.

August 28, 2012  09:17 AM ET

"the type of power arms that Bard possesses." How many arms does Bard pitch with?

August 28, 2012  09:38 AM ET

Or, it could be a "strategic leak" by ESPN trying to get some media attention!

August 28, 2012  09:45 AM ET
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Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. You don't trade players for last place managers.

The Red Sox do.

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August 28, 2012  09:55 AM ET
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Bard will go to Toronto and become the next Nolan Ryan as he will harness that stuff and become dominant. Farrell will go to Boston and become "involved" with John Henry sparking massive problems

Trippy You Trippin'

August 28, 2012  09:57 AM ET

I like having Farrell in Toronto. He is stand-up guy who has consistently treated the players with respect. When something goes wrong, he doesn't make excuses or blame anyone else (you don't hear him whining about the injuries in Toronto) - when a player doesn't deliver, he will tell the media that it's his (Farrell's) fault for putting him in that situation.

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August 28, 2012  10:07 AM ET
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Farrell is a lot like Cito Gaston. Players like playing for him because he is a fair man and a standup guy. Not a weasel like Bobby Valentine. Farrell would be perfect in Boston, but the Sox will have to pay up to get him. I like Bard but would also like to see Pedro Ciriaco included :)

Throw in Fenway and you have a deal!

August 28, 2012  10:08 AM ET
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Boston would love to have him return.

You're getting rid of guys, opening up payroll to acquire new blood and change the direction of the organization, and you want to bring in an old retread coach to manage? Makes no sense at all.

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