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Breaking: John Farrell out as Red Sox manager

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The Boston Red Sox just announced that John Farrell will not be back as manager for the 2018 season. A manager search is underway.

The club gave no official statement about the reasons for Farrell’s dismissal. The press release simply stated that he was out and recited his record as a manager and history as a coach. General Manager Dave Dombrowski is expected to speak to the media later this morning when he will, presumably, explain the club’s reasoning. For what it’s worth, Farrell was not technically fired. His contract ended with the season and had a 2018 team option that Boston is declining.

Farrell was 432-378 as Red Sox manager. He led the team to a World Series title in 2013. After two last place finishes in 2014 and 2015, Farrell’s teams won 93 games and the AL East in each of the past two seasons. They were swept out of the Division Series by the Indians last season and lost 3-1 to the Astros this year. Before that he was the Blue Jays manager, going 154-170 in two seasons before replacing Bobby Valentine at the helm in Boston.

His last act as Red Sox manager: getting ejected after arguing balls and strikes in Game 4 of the ALDS.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.