As first reported by Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com, the Red Sox have hired John Farrell to be their new manager. Farrell has spent the last two seasons as the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. The Red Sox will part ways with Mike Aviles as part of the deal but there are reports the Red Sox may get Adam Lind in return.
At at 8:16 p.m. McAdam tweeted:
Breaking: Red Sox have hired John Farrell as manager, signing him to multi-year deal. Official announcement coming soon.
— Sean McAdam(@Sean_McAdam) October 21, 2012
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun tweeted about an hour later:
Don’t be surprised if 1B Adam Lind also heads to Fenway
— bob elliott (@elliottbaseball) October 21, 2012
Farrell will take over a Red Sox team that went 69-93 and finished last in the American League East. Bobby Valentine’s year in Boston can only be looked at in only one way: a disaster. Injuries and clubhouse drama paved the way for what would be Boston’s worst year since 1965.
Farrell has been on General Manager Ben Cherington’s wish list for a long time now.
According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe:
“Farrell, Cherington believes, can improve internal communication gone awry. Farrell also has experience as a player, manager, pitching coach, and front office executive.”
Farrell is also familar with Boston as he served as the team’s pitching coach from 2007-2010.
Aviles, a shortstop, hit .250, with 13 home runs and 60 RBI in his lone year in a Red Sox uniform. If the Red Sox do indeed receive Lind they will be getting a player who hit .255, with 11 home runs and 45 RBI. Lind is a DH/1B type who has played the occasional left field.
Check back for updates as the compensation for Farrell is announced.
UPDATE: The Rox will not receive Lind. They will get right-handed pitcher David Carpenter from the Blue Jays in the Farrell deal.
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