Boston Red Sox hire Jays' John Farrell as manager

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell tosses a ball during practice at their MLB American League...

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell tosses a ball during practice at their MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin Florida, February 17, 2011. (Reuters/MIKE CASSESE)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:04 PM ET

TORONTO - John Farrell is out after two seasons as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays and in as manager of the Boston Red Sox.

In a not surprising parting of the ways, Farrell has walked away from the final year on his contract with the Jays to sign a long-term deal with the Sox, where he will work for close friend Ben Cherington, the Sox general manager.

The story first broke on Twitter through numerous Boston reports late Saturday night.

The Jays acquired shortstop Mike Aviles for pitcher David Carpenter to complete the Farrell signing, a former Boston pitching coach who came to Toronto amidst much fanfare two seasons back. The Blue Jays would not let Farrell go without receiving something valuable in exchange.

A text message to Jays' general manager Alex Anthopoulos was not returned at press time, seeking confirmation of Farrell's departure and inquiring about the compensation the Jays would receive in exchange for letting their manager get out of the final year on his three-year contract. Farrell, reportedly, has agreed to a contract that will carry through the 2015 Major League season.

Farrell came to the Jays highly touted two seasons back to replace Cito Gaston as manager but in two seasons had difficulty in establishing exactly what kind of manager and what type of style of play he wanted to established. Unfortunately, his second season in Toronto was so decimated with injuries that it was difficult to tell exactly what kind of manager Farrell was or would become.

The Red Sox, who wanted Farrell a year ago to replace Terry Francona, hired and fired Bobby Valentine and made it clear internally after letting Valentine go that they wanted Farrell to return and take the job.

In recent days, neither Jays' president Paul Beeston nor Anthopoulos have made themselves available to talk about the Farrell situation, even though there was considerable evidence that the Jays' manager was looking to head to Boston. Toronto Sun baseball columnist Bob Elliott reiterated earlier reports that Farrell and Anthopoulos were not on the same page in their final days working together and that may have led to Farrell wanting to leave the Jays.


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