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BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Red Sox are in love with the thought of having John Farrell has their next manager, but the Toronto Blue Jays aren’t too keen on that idea.
According to CBSSports’ Jon Heyman, they are letting everyone know that:
Blue Jays people are still suggesting to reporters and even real baseball people behind the scenes that they have no intention of letting their manager John Farrell go to the rival Red Sox.
“Everyone knows our policies,” Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos texted a few days ago in response to the question about whether they might grant permission this time for Boston to talk to Farrell.
Other Jays people are flat-out saying they won’t let Farrell leave. They aren’t necessarily saying they love the job Farrell is doing, mind you. But they are suggesting they aren’t about to let him go to Boston.
The Red Sox wanted Farrell last season before hiring Bobby Valentine, but the Jays put in a policy that doesn’t allow their employees to move for lateral jobs.
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While Heyman notes the Jays aren’t all that thrilled with Farrell’s work over the last two seasons — he is just 154-170 in Toronto — they can’t say it publicly in order to get the best possible compensation package from Boston.
Farrell has just one more year on his contract with Toronto.
The Red Sox fired Bobby Valentine last week following their 69-93 season.