Red Sox Hire John Farrell

The Red Sox have announced the hiring of John Farrell as their new manager and his agreement to a three-year deal that will run through 2015. As compensation to the Blue Jays, to whom Farrell was under contract through 2013, the Red Sox traded shortstop Mike Aviles for right-hander David Carpenter

The Red Sox confirmed in their press release they sought and received permission from the Blue Jays to talk directly to Farrell and made the agreement late last night. Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos told reporters, including Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca (via Twitter), that Farrell approached him one week after the season to tell him, if the opportunity to manage in Boston came up, he wanted to pursue it calling it a dream job. 

"I’m extremely excited to be returning to the Red Sox and to Boston," said Farrell in the Red Sox's statement. "I love this organization. It’s a great franchise in a special city and region, with great fans, and we want nothing more than to reward their faith in us.

"We are thrilled to name John Farrell as our new manager," said Executive Vice-President/General Manager Ben Cherington, who made the announcement. "John has been a major league pitcher, front office executive, coach, and manager. His broad set of experiences, and exceptional leadership skills, make him the ideal person to lead our team. I have known him in various capacities throughout my career, and I hold him in the highest regard as a baseball man and as a person."

Aviles saw his role reduced towards the end of the season in Boston as the club slotted Jose Iglesias in as the starting shortstop for the bulk of September. The 31-year-old took a step back offensively in 2012 as he hit just .250/.282/.381 with 13 homers. In parts of five big league seasons for the Royals and Red Sox, Aviles owns a .277/.308/.408 batting line. Aviles, who earned $1.2MM last season, will head to arbitration once again this winter and is set to hit the open market after the 2014 season.

This marks the second time that Carpenter has been traded this year, as he went from the Astros to Toronto in a ten-player deal this summer. The 27-year-old appeared in 33 games for the two clubs last season, posting a 8.07 ERA with 8.6 K/9 and 4.5 BB/9. He also had a 3.08 ERA with 8.5 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in 23 Triple-A appearances.

Boston had been linked to Farrell, their former pitching coach, ever since Bobby Valentine appeared to be losing his grip on the club this year. Meanwhile, Blue Jays General Manager Alex Anthopoulos repeatedly deflected questions about the possibility of Farrell returning to the Red Sox and even instituted a club policy of blocking personnel from leaving for a lateral move. 

Two compensation deals for baseball decision makers were completed last season. Theo Epstein went from the Red Sox over to the Cubs' front office while manager Ozzie Guillen was traded from the White Sox to the Marlins. The White Sox received Double-A reliever Jhan Marinez and Triple-A shortstop Ozzie Martinez for their skipper. While both were ranked highly within the Marlins' farm system, neither player is viewed as an elite prospect. Meanwhile, the Cubs and Red Sox had a long protracted battle over what Epstein's compensation package should be before finally agreeing upon pitching prospects Chris Carpenter and Aaron Kurcz going to Boston for Jair Bogaerts.

Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com (via Twitter) was the first to break the news of Farrell's hiring. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com first reported the inclusion of Aviles and, along with colleague Alex Speier, Carpenter. 

Edward Creech contributed to this post.


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209 Comments on "Red Sox Hire John Farrell"


wade3061
2 years 10 months ago

I wonder what the compensation was for the Jays. This could work out to be good for both teams.

Andrew Choi
2 years 10 months ago

in exchange for? hope the jays get good prospects.

$22264602
2 years 10 months ago

If by Good you mean mid level prospect, then we got damnn good.

Karkat
2 years 10 months ago

Y’all want Zach Stewart? We got him from cursed Bobby Valentine drama anyway

Jaysfan724
2 years 10 months ago

Not sure if you are aware but the Jays had Zach Stewart before. We sent him to Chicago in the 3 team trade with them and the Cards last year.

Karkat
2 years 10 months ago

I had forgotten that, but hey! We had Farrell before, so it would’ve been a perfect match.

Leonard Washington
2 years 10 months ago

Wonder what we gave them.

$22264602
2 years 10 months ago

Welcome to the Jays Lester ,Buchholz , Ellsbury , and Pedroia!…….

craig s (ManusBret)
2 years 10 months ago

no going to happen.

$22264602
2 years 10 months ago

You’re Smrt.

Leonard Washington
2 years 10 months ago

Very funny. More like Drake Britton and a pack of big league chew.

rjs
2 years 10 months ago

And a fenway brick

$22264602
2 years 10 months ago

Just give us your grass , that’s more than enough compensation!

rjs
2 years 10 months ago

google ‘fenway brick’.. people actually bought those things. Though there is an equal chance its just a bag of balls.

Karkat
2 years 10 months ago

Every time I’m by that gate I regret not buying a brick :(

johnsilver
2 years 10 months ago

Less than Drake Britton if the cost was only Mike Aviles.. Someone who was a goner over the off season anyway.

AA didn’t insist on Aceves also? Then Toronto could have had all the malcontents.

FanInWhite
2 years 10 months ago

Nice. If the Jays got anything of value it’s well worth it. Wondering if the Sandy Alomar Jr. rumors are true?

go_jays_go
2 years 10 months ago

I would not mind if SAJ was to be the Blue Jays’ skipper.

phillies1102
2 years 10 months ago

Breaking news, Sox give Aviles as compensation!!! Make sense, but I guess Escobar is headed out, huh?

JB3
2 years 10 months ago

That would make far too much sense for Boston.

ice_hawk10
2 years 10 months ago

makes little sense to get aviles if you’re the jays. escobar is better even in a bad year.

go_jays_go
2 years 10 months ago

And in a good year, Escobar can actually play as a leadoff hitter… Something the Blue Jays are currently lacking.

bill waters
2 years 10 months ago

trust me, he came up withe braves…he isn’t “better” in the dugout.There is a reason teams give up on him.

Jaysfan724
2 years 10 months ago

Escobar is better than Aviles…more like back to AAA for the 20th time Mike McCoy.

Harris
2 years 10 months ago

Calling it right now, Ruby De la Rosa is headed to the Jays.

Leonard Washington
2 years 10 months ago

Not a chance.

$22264602
2 years 10 months ago

Jays fans are going to be so disappointed lol

soupman
2 years 10 months ago

enjoy watching your team run into outs in terrible situations, and with no consequences.

$22264602
2 years 10 months ago

I did last year , when Farrell was the manager of my team, The Blue Jays.

jedicouncil
2 years 10 months ago

wait til you see farrell manage lol whoever is your worst arm in the pen will become his favorite guy to bring in ala cordero, farrell is years away from being an average manager

$22264602
2 years 10 months ago

I saw him manage , for the last two years.

Karkat
2 years 10 months ago

Not even a little bit

rjs
2 years 10 months ago

taking bets?

soxfan0928
2 years 10 months ago

this is funny.

M.Kit
2 years 10 months ago

Francona failed in his first stint as manager, Belichick failed in his first stint as a football coach. Don’t make too much of Farrell’s 1st stint. Remember, he didn’t get along with AA, so that factors into lack of success

Leonard Washington
2 years 10 months ago

Francona was hired in 04 and won a WS in 04 just saying.

icedrake523
2 years 10 months ago

Francona was the manager of the Phillies (97-00) before he was hired in Boston.

Leonard Washington
2 years 10 months ago

Oh I thought he was referring to his first stint as Sox manager. Not that the Phillies failures rested all on him from 97-00.

thekidfromyesterday
2 years 10 months ago

Seeing this headline didn’t shock me like I was expecting it to

johnsmith4
2 years 10 months ago

Compensation must be pricey if Red Sox aren’t leaking it to the press.

$22264602
2 years 10 months ago

Compensation that doesn’t come out for a while usually isn’t anything of significance.

jjs91
2 years 10 months ago

Nah they just want to dig up some dirt first so they can give these prospects the proper boston sendoff.

Karkat
2 years 10 months ago

Please not a real player, please not a real player, please not a real player…….

EDIT: Aviles? Could be worse, but I don’t like giving up a controllable guy with the ability to hit for power who can play three positions…

rjs
2 years 10 months ago

The sox are overflowing with infield talent in the minors and its not like they are contending next year.

Karkat
2 years 10 months ago

Yeah the A’s might as well get value for Bailey and Gonzalez it’s not like they’re contending in 2012.

NomarGarciaparra
2 years 10 months ago

hit for power? where is this coming from? aviles? power?

Karkat
2 years 10 months ago

I’ll take 10HR from my shortstop

NomarGarciaparra
2 years 10 months ago

not exactly power…no matter what position.

Karkat
2 years 10 months ago

“Power” was admittedly a poor choice of words. He hits for Better Than Jose Iglesias.

Jose_Bautista
2 years 10 months ago

So much for “We do not allow lateral moves”

$22264602
2 years 10 months ago

They get compensation for him in this case. Quite different.

Lionel Bossman Craft
2 years 10 months ago

Even if it was for a more senior position, the fact that he’s in the middle of a contract warrants compensation.

ron tite
2 years 10 months ago

They don’t allow them without compensation. They’re getting something so the policy still stands.

soupman
2 years 10 months ago

buccholz, bard, and boegaerts…the new killer B’s on the killer BJs

go_jays_go
2 years 10 months ago

Even though club policy was broken, I’m more glad that the drama is finally over.

Cobby_Box
2 years 10 months ago

Farewell, Farrell, auf wiedersehen goodbye.

ice_hawk10
2 years 10 months ago

ahh… the mystery and intrigue is finally at its end. all that remains is what the compensation was. interesting that that wasnt leaked. sox seem like a pretty porous bunch (intentionally or not).

realistically i’d expect the return to be a bit better than the other recent manager/front office trades. you’d expect some kind of intra-division premium to be paid, and then there’s the question of whether any of the other coaches are moving with farrell. i guess we’ll find out just how desperate the sox were to make farrell their manager

johnsmith4
2 years 10 months ago

One player going in each direction. Whippee!!!!

EarlyMorningBoxscore
2 years 10 months ago

I liked a couple of the guys they interview more than I liked Farrell. At least he has a pitching background that staff has nowhere to go but up right…?

$22264602
2 years 10 months ago

Farrell plus player will nets the Jays a player who was a major leaguer in 2012? Jon Morosi is tweeting this , hey maybe it’s not ALL bad?

EarlyMorningBoxscore
2 years 10 months ago

Did you see half the guys the Sox trotted out there this season? That may not be saying much.

$22264602
2 years 10 months ago

I still wasn’t expecting much lol But it did give some hope…

mmiller54
2 years 10 months ago

My bet is bard

ChefR
2 years 10 months ago

Since when have the Red Sox been interested in Farrell?

Jaysfan724
2 years 10 months ago

Since Mo Vaughn was skinny.

Casor_Greener
2 years 10 months ago

I really don’t understad the worth of this manager. He’s done nothing in Toronto

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start_wearing_purple
2 years 10 months ago

It’s over! Praise the gods!