Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is not the only one to report the Red Sox interest in Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell. The Red Sox would have liked Farrell to be the one to replace Terry Francona when he left after last season. The only problem is... HE IS UNDER CONTRACT WITH THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS! Apparently the Boston homers expect Farrell to just leave his position with the Blue Jays because it's the Red Sox. In spite of Toronto's tough season, it is very unlikely that they would consider a change in manager.
Farrell is a guy who the Blue Jays want to remain as manager, at least through next season. So all that being said, why would the Blue Jays release Farrell out of his contract so he can re-join the Red Sox?
To me it makes no sense for a team to let a young manager go to join a division rival (number one). Second, why is the Boston media assuming Farrell wants to manage in Boston? Just because he was the pitching coach there a couple years ago? And finally, Toronto is just going to let Farrell walk and go to Boston for no compensation? Of yeah, I forgot... this story was created by the biased Boston media who think the next manager could be cherry-picked from whatever team it chooses. If this is true, why not Joe Maddon? Why not Mike Scioscia? Ron Gardenhire? Bruce Bochy? Buck Showalter?
It's all nonsense. It is also dillusional to think that Farrell would simply want to leave Toronto for Boston when they are in the same place in the standings. A case could be made the Blue Jays are closer to being a winner than the Red Sox right now. Plus, Farrell is finishing up his 2nd season in Toronto; he is familiar with the players. But Boston wants to tell you he wants to go to Boston because he was the pitching coach there.
Ben Cherington, Larry Lucchino and John Henry cannot be approached about compensation for Farrell now, especially with Valentine still behind the bench and under contract. Would they give up Dustin Pedroia for him? Clay Buccholz? Rubby De La Rosa? So many factors make this a non-story, but one the Boston press will keep writing about until it does not happen.