The tenure of John Farrell as manager for the Toronto Blue Jays appears to be over. The manager has been traded to the Boston Red Sox for infielder Mike Aviles. Farrell has reached what has been termed thus far as a multi-year agreement.
It was no secret that the Red Sox have coveted Farrell. He will take over a club which openly clashed with former manager Bobby Valentine.Farrell had a 150-174 record during his two year tenure as manager of the Blue Jays. Boston interviewed a Tim Wallach, Brad Ausmus and Tony Pena, but it was clear from the start that Farrell was the guy they wanted.
This is not the first time Farrell has been a part of the Red Sox organization. Farrell was the pitching coach for the Red Sox from 2007 to 2010. It was also not the first time he had been rumored to considered for the managerial position. The Red Sox were rumored to be considering Farrell for the position of manager following the firing of Terry Francona in 2011. Those rumors prompted the Blue Jays to evoke a policy that prohibited employees to depart for another organization in a lateral move
Aviles, 31, batted .250/.282/.381 with 13 home runs, 14 stolen bases and 60 RBI in 136 games last season for the Red Sox.
As for the Blue Jays they now must find a manager.
The list of people the Blue Jays are believed to be interested include Sandy Alomar Jr., Dave Martinez, and DeMarlo Hale.