On Oct. 25, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that they would not allow manager John Farrell to speak with the Boston Red Sox about their managing vacancy. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Red Sox have since contacted the Blue Jays to ask them to reconsider their decision.
Farrell, who is still under contract with the Blue Jays through 2013, served as the Red Sox’s pitching coach from 2007-10. In his first year as an MLB manager, he helped lead Toronto to an 81-81 record.
The Red Sox position is vacant after longtime manager Terry Francona parted ways with the club this season after a tumultuous final month that saw his team fail to make the playoffs after once holding a 10 game lead in the Wild Card standings. The club has since interviewed numerous candidates for the position, but has yet to make a decision on the team’s future skipper.
It has been reported that former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine may have emerged as a leading candidate after the team had reached out to speak with him this week. “We’re not dissatisfied with the candidates we have,” Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said to ESPN. “We feel like these are unique circumstances here. … We’re very happy with the candidates. Our next manager could very well come from among those candidates, but we’re not ruling out adding candidates.”