We learned the other day that the Red Sox tried to talk the Blue Jays into letting them interview John Farrell for their open manager’s job. The Blue Jays, however, have a policy of not giving permission for their people to interview for lateral moves, so that didn’t go anywhere.
But the Jays weren’t totally closed to the idea:
According to a tweet from David Waldstein from the New York Times, the Blue Jays asked for Clay Buchholz as compensation if the Red Sox were going to hire away John Farrell to become their manager.
Which of course the Jays knew was never going to happen. In asking for Buchholz, the Jays came about as close to a chuckling eff-you that one team can give another team in such situations.
I’d like to think that after they said that there was a moment’s pause on the phone and then the Sox and Jays guys both started laughing and then Ben Cherington said “well, I had to ask, right?”
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.