Report: Farrell to Red Sox talks advancing

October 19, 2012, 12:21 AM

Talks between the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox surrounding the services of John Farrell have not only begun, but have advanced, according to a Boston-based report.

Thursday afternoon, Boston Globe national baseball writer Nick Cafardo tweeted the following:

Later Thursday during a guest appearance on Prime Time Sports (which you can watch in its entirety above), Cafardo said he believes the two sides have been talking for a few days but he does not know who specifically is in charge of the negotiations.

“I think they have started at the ownership level and when it comes down to naming names and compensation, that probably has to happen at the GM level,” he explained. “Whether it’s there at this point is something I don’t know.”

The Blue Jays have consistently refused to comment directly on the Farrell rumours but during an Oct. 3 appearance on Prime Time Sports, general manager Alex Anthopoulos was asked whether he believes Farrell will be back with the Blue Jays in 2013 to honour the final year of his contract.

“Right now, I would say, yes, absolutely, 100 per cent,” he said.

The Red Sox are believed to have first approached the Blue Jays about Farrell’s services a year ago. The Blue Jays reportedly asked for Clay Buchholz in return. Boston in turn looked elsewhere, eventually settling on Bobby Valentine.

A year ago, the Chicago White Sox received a pair of minor leaguers from the Miami Marlins in exchange for Ozzie Guillen, but Cafardo believes the Blue Jays will likely seek far more in return for Farrell.

“These are two AL east rivals,” he explained. “If you’re Alex Anthopoulos, I think you need to get something fairly significant for John Farrell.

“I’m sure the Jays need to ask for a lot.”

In recent days the Red Sox have interviewed DeMarlo Hale, Tim Wallach, Brad Ausmus and Tony Pena for their managerial opening.

Cafardo says the Red Sox would like to have a manager in place before the end of the World Series and that if they don’t land Farrell soon, they may never get the man they have clearly targeted as their No. 1 choice for the job.

“This is the guy that they want, clearly the guy that they’ve wanted the past two years and probably the year before that,” he said. “They always thought that when Francona would step down, Farrell would take his place. If they can’t get him now, they may never get him.

“The Red Sox cannot afford to have another one-year manager so if they can’t work this out, they have to move on and sign one of these other guys for a good amount of time, at least two years, maybe three.”

As for what Farrell wants, Cafardo suspects it’s a return to the Fenway Park dugout.

“John always felt very comfortable in Boston,” he said. “He enjoyed it there, he was probably being groomed as the heir apparent to Terry Francona.

“I think he liked that. I think he wanted to do that. I get the feeling John would like to come to Boston, only because I’ve never heard him say he doesn’t want to be in Boston. All I’ve heard him say is he’s still the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.”

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