Farrell turns down chance to interview for Indians managerial job

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Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell has taken himself out of consideration to be the Indians’ next manager, saying: “My desire is to fulfill the commitment between Boston and myself.”
Farrell spent five of his eight big-league seasons in Cleveland, going 32-30 with a 3.93 ERA as a starter, and served as the Indians’ farm director from 2001 to 2006 before becoming the Red Sox’s pitching coach. His father, Tom Farrell, also played in the Indians’ minor-league system.
Given his history in Cleveland the Indians’ job would seemingly be a good fit for Farrell, who has said previously that he’d like to manage some day.
However, he’s now turned down chances to interview with the Indians, Mariners, and Pirates in the past two years, leading to speculation that he’s been given some sort assurances about one day replacing Terry Francona.

Rays trade Jake Odorizzi to Twins

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The Rays have traded right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, per team announcements on Saturday evening. The Twins will receive minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the deal. Despite previous speculation, recently-DFA’d outfielder Corey Dickerson was not included in the trade.

With Odorizzi, the Twins finally have the front-end starter they’ve been seeking all winter. It’s a bargain deal as well, as the 27-year-old righty is under contract through 2019 and didn’t require the club to part with any of their top-shelf prospects in the trade. Odorizzi will be looking to stage a comeback in 2018 after a dismal performance with the Rays last year, during which he eked out a career-worst 4.14 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 through 143 1/3 innings.

Palacios, 21, ranked no. 27 in the Twins’ system last season. He split his year between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, raking a combined .296/.333/.454 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances. He’s expected to continue developing at shortstop, though he’s also seen limited time at second and third base during his four-year career in the minors.