BOSTON (CBS) – With rumors aflutter about John Farrell and the Boston Red Sox‘ vacant managerial position, Farrell is letting everyone know he is still employed by the Blue Jays.
“I am the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. That’s where I’ve been the last two years and that’s where I currently am,” Farrell said in an interview on MLB Network Radio on Friday.
“This speculation started to rear its head again probably the final two months of the season. I can tell you this: In my conversations with [Toronto GM] Alex [Anthopoulos], it hasn’t distracted me from my job and what the commitment there is,” Farrell said – via the Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham. “I’m extremely challenged, happy as the manager of the Blue Jays. But its obvious that there’s a vacancy to fill there and they’re going about their interview process as it is.”
While he says he is still manager of the Jays, the one thing Farrell didn’t do was say he wasn’t interested in the Boston job. Until he does (or the Sox actually hire someone else), the speculation will continue.
“Nothing has been communicated directly to me. If the Red Sox have contracted Alex, I’m unaware of that,” said Farrell. “Where it stands is what I said: [I’m] manager of the Blue Jays.”
It has been long rumored the Red Sox are in love with the idea of having Farrell, Boston’s pitching coach under Terry Francona from 2006-2010, as their next manager dating back to last season. But Farrell is signed by the Blue Jays through this season, and the Jays have made it known they will not let him just walk away.