Yes, this is an important offseason for the Blue Jays. But, it is conceivable that this team could make the necessary moves to be a legitimite contender for the 2013 season. Outside of Boston's interest, Toronto was not considering a mangerial change. This sets them back, albeit temporarily, until a new manager is hired.
As far as the Boston fans who do not care, these are the same ones who feel they should be able to get whatever player they want. The fact that Farrell was under contract and not on his way out should have led Boston's search somewhere else. Ron Gardenhire and Mike Scioscia are under contract too, why didn't Boston contact them and those organizations? If you think my last sentence is silly, then you re-iterated the point I made in the first sentence of this paragragh. Maybe the Yankees should go after Buck Showalter because he was originally part of the Yankees organization as minor and major league manager. Once again, if you think that was silly and have no issue with Boston taking Farrell away from Toronto, you are being hypocritical.
As far as Farrell is concerned, he clearly betrayed the Blue Jays organization; the one that was willing to hire him as a manager first. Its not like Toronto is going nowhere. It is very safe to say they are closer to winning than Boston is. John Farrell might as well have said he wanted to manage a real baseball team. One that has a history. Toronto was just holding his place until a real team called. I hope Alex Anthopolous feels that way. Farrell would have looked like a loyal manager who believed in the team he was managing if he stayed in Toronto. Instead, he is no different than the free agent fan favorite who flat leaves his fans and team for more money or a bigger market.