GM Alex Anthopoulos says he has yet to decide on the next manager of the Blue Jays, but John Farrell is emerging as the favorite to win the job. A source tells Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that it will be a surprise if the Blue Jays do not name Farrell manager within a week or so. The club was apparently impressed by the Red Sox pitching coach in his interviews.
DeMarlo Hale, Sandy Alomar Jr. and Brian Butterfield are reportedly the others to make it this far in the Blue Jays’ exhaustive hunt for a successor to Cito Gaston. Morosi’s report comes a day after Peter Gammons heard that three GMs expect Farrell to get the job. Alex Anthopoulos, the one GM whose opinion really matters, told Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star that he is still deciding.
“No decision has yet been made,” Anthopoulos said. “I still have not made up my own mind on the candidates.”
Farrell, a former major league pitcher, was the director of player development for the Indians before becoming Boston’s pitching coach. The Blue Jays, Marlins, Pirates, Brewers and Mets are the five clubs that still have managerial openings.