The Boston Red Sox got their man, John Farrell, sources confirm, and right up front they need to be credited for moving decisively and quickly to hire the manager they wanted all along.
There was no dragged-out process, no wasted time, no controversy or pushback.
As Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said just before the season ended, they desired to hit the ground running. And of course they didn’t want to repeat the many-week managerial search of a year ago.
As a bonus, there doesn’t appear to be much sacrifice, either, on Boston’s part as initial reports suggest solid journeyman infielder Mike Aviles is the compensation for Farrell. Some reportsalso suggest Adam Lind may go with Farrell in the trade, making it a two-for-one deal. Assuming either scenario is correct, the Red Sox made a hard bargain.
Really, that isn’t such a major surprise since word had gotten out that Farrell was on the outs with the Blue Jays front office. Toronto people may deny that (of course they also said they wouldn’t let anyone leave for a lateral move), but Farrell had only a year to go on his Toronto contract, and there was no real interest known to be shown to extend that deal by Jays people.
As one person with ties to Toronto said, “The people there would charter a plane to get him out.’‘