Boston Red Sox Manager: Farrell Well?
According to a story on FOX sports by Ken Rosenthal, both sides have met and are currently discussing the compensation required to send Farrell back to Boston. Besides the power of cash, the Blue Jays also have hinted at the possibility of a player—maybe players—involved in the deal too.
Is it a smart move for the Red Sox?
Without question the answer is a defiant yes.
Let's face it, hiring a coach from the NAIA to mange the Red Sox would be an upgrade over Valentine, leaving the John Farrell move a solid plus—especially when you look at his expertise he can bring; one aspect the Red Sox desperately need.
Farrell was a well respected pitching coach under the Francona-era in Boston, getting the most out of a difficult Josh Beckett and turning Jon Lester into a legitimate power-lefty. Currently, while the lineup and age of the key players has swept the media world, the Red Sox brass know that the pitching staff needs a desperate rebuild.
The 2012 Red Sox staff was terrible, to put it nicely. They ranked 12th in ERA out of 14 teams, putting up a weak 4.72 for the year and totaled the third worse loss record in the AL (93).
The damage began from the top, down. Lester pitched well under his expected potential. Daniel Bard. , and his "where do we put him?" issue, didn't work out the way Boston had hoped. And Dice-K basically rolled himself out of Boston after his terrible 2012 Campaign.
If the Sox are going to strike in 2013, which can definitely happen with the Yankees’ issues and a still completely unproven Orioles squad, they will have to pitch better. Undoubtedly, John Farrell can help that aspect—without him, the Sox may be looking up in the Division for years to come, including taking a back seat to Farrell's current team.
Look for this move by the Red Sox to happen, and happen quickly. Ownership does not want to make the same mistakes they di with Valentine and lead themselves into a deeper hole. Farrell is a "Red Sox guy," making the move a smart decision; more importantly, it will bring in a man that knows how to manage the clubhouse and the pitching staff.
Remember this: Getting rid of more players currently ion the Red Sox roster to get Farrell would be beneficial. None of the current players, possibly with the exception of Pedroia and a healthy Ellsbury, are worth keeping in town for the sake of rebuild—which is the whole reasoning for hiring Farrell.