Boston President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski is expected to flip the Red Sox’ roster upside down ahead of the 2016 season, but the new boss will retain the majority of the coaching staff – including manager John Farrell it was announced by the club Sunday.
“The commitment is made to John, he’ll be our manager for 2016, he should be fine,” Dombrowski told ESPN.
Farrell completed his final course of chemotherapy for non-Hodkin lymphoma recently and his full recovery is expected to take three to six months. In case Farrell is not “ready to go” by the start of spring training, Torey Lovullo will continue in his role as interim manager. Lovullo did a bang-up job as interim manager for the Sox in the past month and a half. In filling in for Farrell, Lovullo went 28-19 as the Boston skipper.
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Dombrowski was able to convince Lovullo to sign a two-year contract extension in which he would waive the right to purse any other MLB managerial job this offseason. Lovullo would have been one of the hottest names on the market for a managerial job opening given the work he did with the Sox in August and September this year.