Silent treatment at Fenway: Sox mum on manager search
After announcing that manger Bobby Valentine would not return for the 2013 season with the Red Sox last Thursday, things have been quiet on Yawkey Way.
The team hasn’t announced any plans to interview any candidates for the vacant job and as of this weekend reports say the team has not contacted anyone about their managerial opening.
When speaking to individual media outlets on Thursday, general manager Ben Cherington did say that Jason Varitek is not a candidate for the opening, as he will stick to his role as a special assistant to Cherington.
“Right now, that’s not what he’s focused on,” Cherington told the Boston Globe. “He’s joined the organization as a special assistant. He’s going to get his feet wet in a lot of different areas. He’s excited about that.”
The one name everyone is pointing to is Blue Jays manager and former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell, who still has one year remaining on his contract with Toronto. A trade would most likely be needed between the teams to get Farrell to Boston with the Blue Jays eyeing a high prospect in return.
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported yesterday that the Blue Jays are not willing to let Farrell go to the Red Sox, but this could just be a ploy to raise what Boston would need to give up to Toronto in return for Farrell.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox have said they would like to hire their new manager sooner than later so they can begin to put their 2013 team together, which makes the Farrell situation something to monitor in the coming days and weeks.
Other names the Red Sox are said to be interested in are Tim Bogar, Brad Ausmus and DeMarlo Hale.