Boy, it's going to get really awkward for John Henry if the Blue Jays aren't really going to name John Farrell their new manager. The Red Sox pitching coach has been identified as Toronto's pick by process of elimination, though the Jays aren't talking, presumably because they're waiting on the commissioner's office to give them the go-ahead for an announcement.
But Henry, the Red Sox owner, apparently has some inside information. Asked by the Boston Globe for a reaction to Farrell's departure, he had this to say:
"The Jays are getting a great baseball man and a great person. We were able to keep John as a part of our organization longer than a couple of other teams would have wanted, but it really is time for John to step up to the next level. He will be an effective, excellent manager. I expect him to manage in MLB for as long as he wants to. He's going to an excellent young team with a strong and smart hierarchy. The Blue Jays are going to be a force in the AL East for some time to come.I am grateful for the years John Farrell gave to the Red Sox. He will be missed."
-- David Andriesen
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