The Red Sox announced that they will introduce Ben Cherington as their new GM tomorrow. Now that the Red Sox have resolved the uncertainty in their front office, it's time to find a new manager. Here are the latest links on the subject:
- Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears that Blue Jays manager John Farrell would be desired in Boston, under Cherington, and in Chicago, under former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein (Twitter links). Dale Sveum and Mike Maddux are two candidates who may appeal to Cherington and Epstein, according to Sherman.
- Farrell dismissed speculation about a possible return to Boston, where he was the pitching coach until he left for Toronto. "I am focused right now on preparing for what is best for the Blue Jays in 2012," he told Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca (Twitter link).
- Farrell told Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star that the Red Sox haven't asked the Blue Jays for permission to talk to him. Griffin says the rumors are "a slap in the face for Jays fans" and that it would be unseemly for Farrell to return to Boston after one year. However, the Red Sox would get permission to talk with Farrell if they want it, according to Griffin.
- Rob Bradford of WEEI.com says Farrell is the right manager for the Red Sox, since they need to rebuild their clubhouse for 2012. Bradford suggests the Blue Jays would likely require substantial compensation from Boston for Farrell and explains that a return to the Red Sox seems unlikely.