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Red Sox exercise 2018 option on manager John Farrell

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ESPN’s Scott Lauber reports that the Red Sox have exercised their 2018 option on manager John Farrell. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said that “players played hard for him” and cited the skipper’s “solid presence.”

Farrell, 54, has a 339-309 (.523) record in four seasons at the helm in Boston. He led the Red Sox to a championship in his first season with the club in 2013 and led them back to the playoffs this past season, ultimately swept out of the ALDS by the Indians.

The Red Sox made the deicsion to bring Farrell back for the 2017 season shortly after the team was pushed out of the playoffs in October.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.