Three people with ties to the Blue Jays say they remain surprised the team has publicly suggested it won't let manager John Farrell go to Boston. Those people still believe there's a chance Toronto will change its mind, and allow Farrell to go to the Red Sox, provided the compensation suits them.
One person, who claims the Blue Jays front office and Farrell butted heads this year, went so far as to say, “The people there would charter a jet to get him out.''
That might be colorfully put or even exaggerated, but it appears there are legs to the initial report from Jim Duquette of Sirius/XM that there's a “disconnect'' between Farrell and the front office. Farrell denied there was a “disconnect'' at the time. But of course, that could be a matter of perception or semantics.
According to one report by Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox and Jays have at least had “preliminary'' talks regarding a trade for Farrell, the ex-Red Sox executive and pitching coach that tops Boston's managerial wish list. So that could be more evidence the Jays might bend and let him go.
Red Sox GM Ben Cherington and Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos didn't return texts regarding Farrell. Anthopoulos has said multiple times that the Jays are sticking to their policy written last year that employees won't be allowed to take jobs with new teams if the new job is a “lateral'' move.
That would seem to prevent Farrell from moving to the Red Sox to be their manager. Of course, it's possible Toronto's public stance could also be a negotiating tactic.
If there were truly issues between Farrell and the front office, and only a year remains on his deal, it seems logical they'd let him go. Toronto went 73-89 this year, four games better than last-place Boston.
The Red Sox have interviewed four candidates for their managerial opening – Brad Ausmus, DeMarlo hale, Tim Wallach and Tony Pena -- but there's no word of any new interviews within the last couple days.
Trades for managers have been rare. But the White Sox traded Ozzie Guillen last year to the Marlins.