The status of John Farrell with the Red Sox has been up for debate in recent weeks, but Sean McAdam of Comcast Sportsnet New England reports that the Farrell will return to the Red Sox as manager in 2016, so long as his health permits.
As McAdam writes, Farrell is in undergoing his final wave of chemotherapy this week after being diagnosed with lymphoma in August. He’ll undergo tests at the end of October to see if the cancer has been removed from his body, and if so, he’ll be given a clean bill of health, thereby allowing him to return to the Sox. At that point, Boston would make an official announcement on Farrell, who is currently signed through the 2017 season. A pair of sources tells McAdam that Farrell has already been informed of the decision, while another indicated that president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski informed the staff that Farrell’s job would be waiting for him back in mid-August.
Torey Lovullo has drawn considerable praise for his work with the Red Sox while filling in for Farrell on an interim basis, as the team is a dozen games over .500 under his watch. As McAdam points out, Lovullo figures to draw considerable interest from teams searching for a new manager this offseason, which could put Dombrowski in an odd position. Teams figure to begin contacting the Sox about Lovullo shortly after the season ends, but Farrell’s timeline means that it won’t be until month’s end that the Sox have a definitive answer as to whether or not he’ll return. Then again, there may still be managerial vacancies late in the month, which would afford Lovullo the opportunity to interview for some open positions.
Last offseason, he interviewed for the managerial openings with the Twins, Astros and Rangers and was one of two finalists for the Twins’ position, though he lost out to current manager Paul Molitor.