THURSDAY, 7:50am: Blue Jays third base coach Brian Butterfield is also a finalist for the job, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. Butterfield has managed in the Yankees' minor league system, but never in the major leagues. He has been on Toronto's staff for nine years.
WEDNESDAY, 12:36pm: The Blue Jays’ exhaustive search for a new manager is nearing completion and the club appears to be choosing among three American League coaches who don’t have any managerial experience in the majors. Red Sox coaches DeMarlo Hale and John Farrell and Indians coach Sandy Alomar Jr. are finalists for the Blue Jays managerial opening, according to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com confirms the list of names and says they are the three finalists to replace Cito Gaston.
The Blue Jays are expected to decide among the candidates within the week, according to McAdam and Bradford. Hale managed in the Rangers system and coached with the Red Sox for five years and Farrell has been the Red Sox pitching coach for four years. Alomar has worked as a bullpen coach and is now Cleveland’s first base coach.