CSN New England is reporting that Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell is in the running for the Blue Jays’ managerial vacancy and is said to be on Toronto’s “short list.” CSN is also saying that there’s a possibility that he could be interviewed for the Mariners job as well.
Farrell has declined interviews with multiple teams in the past, including the Indians, Mariners and Pirates. This is not due to his lack of interest in managing, however. Rather, the Sox gave Farrell one of the more lucrative contracts in all of coaching a few years ago with one reported catch: he was not allowed to interview with any other teams until after the 2010 season.
It’s after the 2010 season, of course, and Farrell has said in the past that he’d like to manage. Given that Boston’s pitching staff took a step back this year and given that one does not retain his status as a hot managerial candidate for long, it may not be a terrible time for Farrell to jump ship.