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Red Sox, Jays letting Farrell standoff play out

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09:48 AM ET 10.14 | What John Farrell doesn't say is often more important than what he does say. In his recent interview with MLB-TV, Farrell sounded as though he was waiting for the call to become manager of the Boston Red Sox, even if his words indicated otherwise. When asked about the situation, he said: "Nothing has been communicated to me as far as if the Red Sox have contacted Alex (Anthopoulos). I'm unaware of that. So where it stands is what I said -- manager of the Blue Jays." To date, neither Jays president Paul Beeston nor GM Anthopoulos have been absolute in Farrell's future in Toronto. They could have been definitive in saying he isn't going anywhere and they are signing him long-term. That would have put an end to the story. They haven't done that. My interpretation: Farrell wants to take the Red Sox job, the Jays would like to be well compensated for it, and both sides are letting this play out.

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October 14, 2012  10:09 AM ET

Toronto is in the drivers seat on this one. They do not care if and when he goes. Another year of him does them no harm.

October 14, 2012  10:31 AM ET

I'm beginning to think that Farrell will not be managing anywhere on Opening day.

October 14, 2012  10:33 AM ET

Move on Boston. This guys not worth a average A ball prospect, and the Blue Jays know it. In fact I still believe once Boston hires somebody else the Jays will fire Farrell.

October 14, 2012  11:27 AM ET
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Move on Boston. This guys not worth a average A ball prospect, and the Blue Jays know it. In fact I still believe once Boston hires somebody else the Jays will fire Farrell.

Sounds about right. They are perfectly happy to let his contract run out it seems. Besides, do they really want any ghosts from the past?

October 14, 2012  11:44 AM ET
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Besides, do they really want any ghosts from the past?

I really don't see why they would. Time for new blood.

October 14, 2012  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Toronto is in the drivers seat on this one. They do not care if and when he goes. Another year of him does them no harm.

Yeah, he restored order to the clubhouse, and beyond that he is okay, but nothing special. If the Red Sox are dumb enough to offer a decent player, Toronto will ship him south; otherwise they will keep him untill his contract is up.

October 14, 2012  12:10 PM ET

I'd stay in Toronto, but who am I!!!

October 14, 2012  01:07 PM ET

He'll be free right after the Red Sox hire a new manager. They can then rehire him as pitching coach (which is what they really want him for).

October 14, 2012  01:28 PM ET

red sox shouldn't get farrell things may not workout as the red saox are expecting to happen!!!

October 14, 2012  09:56 PM ET

I hope the Red Sox aren't so fixated with Farrell that they are just going through the motion of interviewing viable candidates.

October 14, 2012  10:36 PM ET

Why would anyone in their right mind want to try to manage a group of men who, in back-to-back seasons, has turned on their manager. Trying to manage such a group is career suicide.

 
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