The Red Sox announced that John Farrell will be back as manager in 2016. Torey Lovullo, meanwhile, will return as bench coach for 2016.
Lovullo has inked a two-year contract extension with the club taking him through the 2017 season. Surprisingly, Lovullo has “waived the right to pursue any major league managerial openings in the 2015/16 offseason” as per the terms of his deal. Lovullo has long been considered a managerial candidate in the majors and many expected him to be a hot candidate once again this winter.
The good news within the press release is that Farrell has completed chemotherapy treatments in Boston. Ostensibly, the announcement that he will return to managing if given a clean bill of health is another positive sign for his recovery. The 53-year-old Farrell has served as the team’s manager dating back to 2013 — a season that saw the former Red Sox pitching coach win a World Series title in his return to Boston. He’s compiled a 218-220 record in the regular season while serving as Boston’s skipper and has also managed the Blue Jays at the Major League level.